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Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)

Object Number: 
1872.23.166
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. 166. / Ball Play by Women. (Sioux)"
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
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
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