Sauk Indian Chief Keokuk (1783-1848)
Overall: 90 x 38 x 26 in. ( 228.6 x 96.5 x 66 cm )
inscribed: on proper left side of base: "37 [in a circle]"
Full feather headdress, bear claw necklace and medal; holds war club in right hand and spear with feathers in left hand; on square base.
Melchers began carving tobacco shop figures in Detroit in the 1850s. This work, which dates from around 1870, pays tribute to the renowned Native American chieftain Keokuk (1788-1848). It was apparently based on an engraving made from a daguerreotype of the subject.
Gift of Carl Otto von Kienbusch
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