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Artist Hook, Walter
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation American
Title Cat and the Cricket
Type of Object Print
Date 1984
Medium Ink/Paper
Edition 6-50
Dimensions H-29 W-40.8 cm
Collection Missoula County Art Collection, managed by the Missoula Art Museum
How acquired Commissioned, Missoula Museum of the Arts Foundation, 1985
Object ID 1985.07
Statement about this object From University of Montana Website https://archive.umt.edu/montanan/w05/oval.shtml

"Finn Hukka Folk Fable No. 6 has often accompanied the Hook lithograph: A cricket with his constant shrill chirping had been annoying the cat for a long time. One day the cat caught the cricket and said, “I’ll eliminate your chirping for good.” The cricket, old and wise, seeing the shadow of some brush and sticks, quickly responded, “You better not. See, there is the shadow of my big brother. He would destroy you with one blow if you hurt me.” Noting the shadow, the cat realized he was no match for such a large though unseen cricket. He let the small cricket go and went on his way without a murmur. Lesson: Imagination may be more feared than the longest and darkest shadow."
Classification Representation
Narrative
Subjects Cats
Crickets
Fables