Jú-ah-kís-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle

  • George Catlin, Jú-ah-kís-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle, 1835, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.186

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George Catlin described this work as “the portrait of a Chippeway woman . . . with her child in its crib or cradle . . . [the umbilicus] hanging before the child's face for its supernatural protector . . . This woman's dress was mostly made of civilized manufactures, but curiously decorated and ornamented according to Indian taste.” (Catlin, Letters and Notes, vol. 2, no. 51, 1841; reprint 1973)

Title
Jú-ah-kís-gaw, Woman With Her Child in a Cradle
Artist
Date
1835
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.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – family – mother and child
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Ethnic – Indian – Ojibwa
  • Object – furniture – cradle
  • Portrait female – Ju Ah Kis Gaw – full length
Object Number
1985.66.186
Palette
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