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H'co-a-h'co-a-h'cotes-min, No Horns on His Head, a Brave

1832 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. 1985.66.146 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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George Catlin painted this portrait of No Horns on His Head and Rabbit’s Skin Leggings (see 1985.66.145), both Nez Perce braves, as a pair and described his subjects in these words: “These two men, when I painted them, were in beautiful Sioux dresses . . . [they] were part of a delegation that came across the Rocky Mountains to St. Louis . . .” Catlin noted that he had traveled two thousand miles with these braves “towards their own country,” and during that time had become “much pleased with their manners and dispositions.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 48, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Nez Perce

Portrait male - No Horns on His Head - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added