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George Catlin
Stán-au-pat, Bloody Hand, Chief of the Tribe, 1832
Arikara/Sahnish
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.


Bloody Hand is described as having “his face painted with red vermilion, scalping-knife in his hand,” and “wearing a beautiful dress” (1848 catalogue, p. 18).

Painted at the Arikara village in 1832. The broad modeling and strong features are typical of the Upper Missouri portraits. Bloody Hand also appears, full length, in cartoon 36, with his wife.



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