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Dance of the Chiefs (Sioux)

Object Number: 
1872.23.155
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 155. / 'Dance of the Chief's' (Sioux)"; at lower border outside image in black ink: "374 372 373"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a group of elderly chiefs, some with full feathered headdresses, gathered to dance with spears, hand drums and rattles for the first time in many years in honor of Catlin's visit. Catlin sketches on the right next to a drummer, while women and children view the dance in 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