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Jú-ah-kís-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle

1835 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. 1985.66.186 Not currently on view


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George Catlin described this work as “the portrait of a Chippeway woman . . . with her child in its crib or cradle . . . [the umbilicus] hanging before the child's face for its supernatural protector . . . This woman's dress was mostly made of civilized manufactures, but curiously decorated and ornamented according to Indian taste.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 51, 1841; reprint 1973)

Keywords

Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Ojibwa

Figure group - family - mother and child

Object - furniture - cradle

Portrait female - Ju Ah Kis Gaw - full length

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added