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Tís-se-wóo-na-tís, She Who Bathes Her Knees, Wife of the Chief

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. 1985.66.144 Smithsonian American Art Museum
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George Catlin painted this image of Bathes Her Knees, wife of the Cheyenne chief Wolf on the Hill, in 1832 at Fort Pierre, in present-day South Dakota. Catlin described her as “comely, and beautifully dressed; her dress of the mountain-sheep skins, tastefully ornamented with quills and beads, and her hair plaited in large braids, that hung down on her breast.” Catlin depicted Bathes Her Knees in an elegant dress of mountain-sheep skins embroidered with both quills and beads in the geometric designs favored by the Cheyenne. (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 32, 1841; reprint 1973)


Dress - ethnic - Indian dress

Ethnic - Indian - Cheyenne

Portrait female - She Who Bathes Her Knees

Portrait female - She Who Bathes Her Knees - bust


paint - oil

fabric - canvas

metal - aluminum - support added