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Vase, Chief Shavehead

Decorative Arts

On View: American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor

Rookwood Pottery Company introduced Indian figural decoration in the mid-1880s, when white Americans became increasingly aware of the plight of the Native American peoples. Artists romanticized an idyllic past when Indians lived in harmony with nature and were often inspired by contemporary photography of Native Americans. Vases with Indian figures are among the pieces most prized by Rookwood collectors today.

MEDIUM Glazed earthenware
  • Place Manufactured: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • DATES ca. 1899
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 6 x 6 in. (39.4 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS Impressed on bottom: "[stamp consisting of reversed 'RP' monogram surrounded by 13 flames] / 856 / B" Incised by hand on bottom, in script: "- Shavehead - / - Arapahoe - "
    SIGNATURE no signature
    INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in American Identities: A New Look, Centennial Era, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 84.176.4
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lewis
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Grace Young (American, 1869-1947). Vase, Chief Shavehead, ca. 1899. Glazed earthenware, 15 1/2 x 6 x 6 in. (39.4 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Lewis, 84.176.4. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 84.176.4_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Slender oviform vase with flared neck decorated with portrait of an Indian brave in profile wearing full-feathered headdress and striped blanket in shades of ochre, green, brown and deep orange, on a dark brown ground. CONDITION: Drilled. Some scratches to glaze, especially lower part of Indian.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Best (90%)
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