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1993 Thomas Mann Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania 1947 silver, copper, brass, nickel, Plexiglas, and color photocopy 5 7/8 x 3 x 1/2 in. (14.9 x 7.6 x 1.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Lloyd E. Herman, founding director and director emeritus of the Renwick Gallery (1971-1986) 1997.72.1 Not currently on view

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Thomas Mann made these pieces for an exhibition about cowboys, but decided to focus on the Native Americans’ point of view. The chiefs--- L'Tetan, Nesouaquoit or "Bear in the Forks of a Tree," No-Tin or "Wind," Nowaykesugga or "He Who Strikes Two at Once," Shauhaunapotinia or "Man Who Killed Three Sioux," and Tok'Acou or "He That Inflicts the First Wound"--- were members of a large delegation of Indians who came to Washington in the winter of 1821-1822 to see President Monroe. Thomas McKenney, the head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1816 until 1830, commissioned artists James Otto Lewis and Charles Bird King to preserve the likenesses of the visitors. These portraits later were published in a portfolio of prints with a text written by James Hall. Mann found McKenney and Hall's History of the Indian Tribes of North America at a flea market and used images from the book for these pieces.


Ethnic - Indian

Homage - Catlin, George

Portrait male - NO-TIN - bust

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - brass

metal - copper

metal - nickel silver

metal - silver

plastic - plexiglas

photo-mechanical reproduction - color