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George Catlin
Kah-béck-a, The Twin, Wife of Bloody Hand, 1832
Arikara/Sahnish
oil
29 x 24 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.


Painted at the Mandan village in 1832. Note the richly detailed treatment of the trade bead necklaces worn by The Twin. When time permitted and his interest was aroused, Catlin could vary his technique with considerable facility.

The Twin also appears, full length, in cartoon 36, with her husband.



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