Painted Elk Hide Robe
Arts of the Americas
Elk hide, pigment
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Dick S. Ramsay Fund
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Cadzi Cody (Cosiogo) (Shoshone, Native American, 1866-1912). Painted Elk Hide Robe, ca. 1900. Elk hide, pigment, 81 x 78 in. (205.7 x 198.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 64.13. Creative Commons-BY
overall, 64.13_detail_edited_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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This is a painted elk hide. The narrative includes a camp scene with tipis, a "sun" dance, modified to show an eagle rising above the pole structure, which has an unraised buffalo head. Warriors dressed in finery are entering the village. On the fringe a group of women sit near a fire. The perimeter depicts a buffalo hunt with the hunters on horseback using rifles. Vignettes of skinning the buffaloes are also depicted with heaps of the heads, hides and hooves separated and piled. The colors used are brown, black, red, pink, purple, blue, maroons, and green. See supplementary files in Arts of Americas office for a study of paints.
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