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Men-són-se-ah, Left Hand, a Warrior

1830 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. 1985.66.255 Not currently on view

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George Catlin described Left Hand, a member of the Piankashaw/Miami tribe, as a “fierce-looking and very distinguished warrior, with a stone-hatchet in his hand.” He probably painted this work at Fort Leavenworth (in today’s Kansas) in 1830. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 47, 1841; reprint 1973)


Ethnic - Indian - Piankashaw

Portrait male - Left Hand


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added