Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
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
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)"
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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