Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)

Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)
Title
Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)
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 )
Description 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a celebration after the tribe received a government annuity; women use sticks to keep in play to two balls connected by a string. The women compete for prizes from a display of textiles, beads, pots and manufactured items while the clearly drunk men, holding liquor bottles and laying among wooden kegs, cheer raucously from the sidelines
Credit Line 
Purchased by the Society
Object Number 
1872.23.166
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. 166. / Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)"
Gallery Label 
After receiving their governemnt annuity, the Souiz display a collection of calicoes and trinkets for which the women play, to the great amusement of the men who enjoy their keg of whiskey
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