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The Artist Feasted by Mah-to-toh-pa (Mandan)

Object Number: 
1872.23.125
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions: 
Signed at right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 125. / The Author feasted by Mah-to-toh-pa. (Mandan)"
Description: 
Ethnography/self-portrait. Studies of Native Americans: the chief prepares a pipe while Catlin carves buffalo ribs in a bowl; Catlin wrote "No American Indians eats with his invited guest, but sits by to wait upon him, and to charge the pipe for a 'good smoke' after the feast". An iron pot hangs on a tripod of branches over a fire while women, children and a dog watch the feast from the background
Credit Line: 
Purchased by the Society
Provenance: 
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group