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Pawnee Doctor's Robe (Facsimile)

Object Number: 
1872.23.201
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"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 201. / Pawnee Doctor's Robe. (fac-simile)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin's reproduction of the markings on a Pawnee Medicine Man's buffalo skin robe; a series of complex symbols: a mounted medicine man with an elaborately fringed, decorated and tassled robes and shield with many weapons is surrounded by stylized birds-probably a hawk and egret, snakes, dogs, a dying buffalo pierced by an arrow and harried by vultures and stalks of grain
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