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 left inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 165. / Ball Play. (Choctaw)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin reported that over three hundred men participated in this game played with LaCrosse-like rackets on a field with goal-posts at each end while women and children watch from the background; wrestling and fighting appears to be part of the game which lasted from sunrise to nearly sunset
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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