Bón-són-gee, New Fire, a Band Chief

  • George Catlin, Bón-són-gee, New Fire, a Band Chief, 1834, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.64

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George Catlin called New Fire, a chief of the Kiowa, “a very good man” and described the ornaments hanging on his breast as a boar's tusk and a war whistle. Catlin painted this portrait at a Comanche village in 1834. (Catlin, <i>Letters and Notes</i>, vol. 2, no. 43, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Bón-són-gee, New Fire, a Band Chief
Artists
Date
1834
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
29 x 24 in. (73.7 x 60.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait female – New Fire
  • Ethnic – Indian – Kiowa
Object Number
1985.66.64
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