Graphite and black ink on prepared card
Overall: 18 3/8 x 24 1/8 in. ( 46.7 x 61.3 cm )
Signed at lower right inside image in black ink: "Geo. Catlin"; inscribed at upper center outside image in black ink over graphite: "Pl. 176. / 'Smoking the Shield.' (Camanchee)"
Ethnography. Studies of Native Americans: a Rite of Passage for a young warrior who must kill a buffalo and make a shield from the skin; inside a circle of shields, a young man stands over a skin stretched on the ground over a smoky fire to harden the leather, while warriors dance around him with bows, tomahawks and shields and sing to purify and instill the power of protection in the shield
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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