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Sudatory Vapor Bath (Minatarree)

Object Number: 
1872.23.171
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 )
Marks: 
inscriptions: Signed
Inscriptions: 
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 171. / Sudatory. (Minatarree)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a cleansing ritual performed in both winter and summer; a man is seated inside a wigwag in a willow basket over heated stones, while another man pours water upon the stones to create steam. A woman in the background tends a fire that heats more stones. After attaining a high state of perspiration, the tent is opened and the man plunges into the cold river
Gallery Label: 
An Indian is seated in his willow basket with heated stones under him, upon which water is thrown, and he attains a high state of perspiration. When the tent is opened, he plunges into river, both in summer and winter
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