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Flathead (Woman with Infant in Head-Molding Cradle and Man with Two Background Figures)

Object Number: 
1872.23.90
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. 90. / Flathead"; at lower border outside image in black ink: "297 296 295"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a chief and his wife with an infant, fishing riverside with nets; in the background, tribal members bow fishing. The infant is carried in the traditional Flathead cradle, with a board mounted over the infant's head to attain the desired flat, sloping forehead that earned this tribe their name
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