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Miniature Tipi with Painted Battlescene

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, pigment, wood
DATES 19th century
DIMENSIONS 22 13/16 x 13 x 13 in. (57.9 x 33 x 33 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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CAPTION Arapaho (Native American). Miniature Tipi with Painted Battlescene, 19th century. Hide, pigment, wood, 22 13/16 x 13 x 13 in. (57.9 x 33 x 33 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 63.201.8. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 63.201.8.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a miniature teepee cover. On a natural background there are painted designs in brown, pink, black and grey. They represent a battle scene (possibly a horse raid) and include two mounted Indians, two leading horses, and two fallen warriors. Also shown are four warriors with rifles, hoof prints of horses, and, near the top, three stylized feather designs. Good example of miniature tipi even though not made quite correctly-too upright. Design: hoof prints indicate movement. The person hurt and lying down might be Pawnee or Osage based on the hairstyle and might have been done in by the one with the rifle. One is wearing military pants. The horses tails are tied and decorated and must be favorite warhorses as their manes are also tied. Can't tell who or what the person with the lines on his face is. Dots might indicate a person who had small pox.
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Miniature Tipi with Painted Battlescene