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Medicine Man (Blackfoot): Plate 173

Object Number: 
1872.23.173
Date: 
1866-68
Medium: 
Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Dimensions: 
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 in. (46.7 x 61 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. 173. / Medecine Man (Blackfoot)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a man wearing a bear skin with head and claws and the horns of a bull stands with his foot on the chest of a dying warrior, shaking a tamborine-like drum/ rattle adorned with the skins of frogs, rattlesnakes, a duck, fox pelts and feathers and holding a saw-edged spear. A woman and child sit nearby mourning and weeping, while the village encircles the group weeping and covering their mouths
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