Erik Nitsche: Mallard Duck Decoy
Artist: Erik Nitsche
A blend of beauty and utility, the duck decoys of yesteryear captured the handsome qualities and distinctive markings of the water birds they imitated ... and served as rugged lures for the hunter. First used by the American Indians to lure great flocks of water birds from the heavens, duck decoys were perfected by the early colonists. While the Indians fashioned their decoys from mud and straw, or from stuffed bird hides, the colonists carved their decoys from wood and carefully painted them to imitate the living birds' plumage. From the multi-colored hues of the American Mallards to the distinctive plumage of the Canvasback ducks, the early duck decoys captured the character and beauty of the water birds they imitated. Besides being handsome replicas of wild birds, the early wood carvers made sure that their decoys were sturdy and durable ... and perhaps most important, properly weighted to ensure that the decoys rode well in the water. Today, these antique duck decoys are a treasured part of Americana, for they capture the mystique of days gone by. Indeed, duck decoys are a reflection of America's culture and history ... art and wildlife.
This artwork was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the U.S. 22¢ Folk Art Duck Decoys Mallard Duck Decoy stamp issued March 22, 1985.
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