Scalp Dance (Sioux)
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. 157. / Scalp Dance. (Sioux)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: men with long hair carry pipes, axes, tomahawks, spears, bows, knives and animal pelts while dancing victoriously around human scalps mounted at the top of feathered poles
A war party returning with scalps give this dance for 15 nights in succession to publicize their exploits
Purchased by the Society
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.