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Tul-lock-chísh-ko, Drinks the Juice of the Stone, in Ball-player's Dress

1834 George Catlin Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania 1796 Died: Jersey City, New Jersey 1872 oil on canvas 29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr. 1985.66.299 Not currently on view

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“The most distinguished ball-player of the Choctaw nation, represented in his ball-play dress, with his ball-sticks in his hands. In every ball-play of these people, it is a rule of the play, that no man shall wear moccasins on his feet, or any other dress than his breech-cloth around his waist, with a beautiful bead belt, and a ‘tail,’ made of white horsehair or quills, and a ‘mane’ on the neck, of horsehair dyed of various colors.” George Catlin executed this work at Fort Gibson, Arkansas Territory, in 1834. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 49, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Choctaw

Portrait male - Drinks the Juice of the Stone

Portrait male - Drinks the Juice of the Stone - full length


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added