Mandan Religious Ceremony, Scene 3

Object Number: 
1872.23.220
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 )
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 220. / Mandan Religious Ceremony"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin was honored by several tribes and allowed to view rare and sacred ceremonies; Mandan ritual translated as "The Cutting Scene", the third ritual; inside the Medicine Lodge two men holding weapons are suspended from tethers by hooks impaled in their chest or shoulder muscles, with buffalo skulls hanging tethered from hooks in their limbs, and hoisted into the air by other men; another has been released and lies prone over a buffalo skull while a fourth staggers to the side with skulls still dragging from hooks in his arms and legs; men in the foreground sing and play rattles or hand drums while one man passes a long pipe; see also 1872.23.218, 219, 221 for other images of this ceremony
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