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An Ojibbeway Robe (Facsimile)

Object Number: 
1872.23.205
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 )
Inscriptions: 
Inscribed at upper center in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 205. / An Ojibbeway Robe. (fac-simile)"
Description: 
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: Catlin's reproduction of the markings on a Ojibway buffalo skin robe, probably belonging to a spiritual leader; a complex series of symbols: an alligator, porcupine, deer, fox, buffalo, bear, weasel, prairie dog, marmot, beaver, several kinds of fish, horses, turtles, frogs; an owl, egret, pelican, spider, snail; wounded enemy warriors, knives, pipes, a bowl with spoon, a bow, footprints, a moon and sun
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