Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 172. / Medecine Man (Mandan)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a young man in an elaborately ornamented costume holding two feathered and decorated sticks performs a ritual over an elderly dying man, while his relatives sit weeping nearby and the villagers encircle the group, weeping and covering their mouths with their hands.
The artist's collection; Francis Putnam Catlin, the artist's brother, serving as agent to George Henry Moore, acting on behalf of N-YHS
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