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 Elijah Pierce  (1892 - 1984)

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Lived/Active: Ohio/Mississippi      Known for: bas relief religious carving, narrative

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A folk-art carver of bas reliefs, Elijah Pierce created works that "are considered to be among the most important American folk carvings" of the 20th Century. (Rosenak 215). Described as a sculptural storyteller, he did carvings of African-American sports heroes, biblical subjects and political and social issues. He is best known for his religious carvings including the "Book of Wood", a series of thirty-three large reliefs with each representing one of the thirty-three years of the life on eart (showing 500 of 1116 characters).

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