Possibly Cheyenne. <em>Ledger Book Drawing</em>, ca. 1890. Ink, crayon, paper, 6 7/8 x 13 3/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, 1992.27.2 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.27.2_SL1.jpg)

Ledger Book Drawing


Medium: Ink, crayon, paper

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:ca. 1890

Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 13 3/4 in.



Accession Number: 1992.27.2

Image: 1992.27.2_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
The scene depicted shows the fight between a Native warrior (possibly Cheyenne) and a non-native person. The warrior is wearing long leggings with a stripe and a blue shirt. Two feathers are on his head. He is carrying a shield with a circular design decorated with feathers and using a long decorated spear. His horse, that he is riding barebacked, has his tail bobbed, dyed and possibly wrapped for battle. The non-native person has been unseated and is falling off his saddled horse. He wears a black coat over checkered pants. His derby style hat has fallen off his head. These drawings are done by tearing out paper from ledger books that were used by army and reservation post managers as a substitute for using hides- the traditional medium for such drawings.

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