Ko-rak-koo-kiss, a Towoccono Warrior

  • John Mix Stanley, Ko-rak-koo-kiss, a Towoccono Warrior, 1844, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Misses Henry, 1985.66.248,931

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John Mix Stanley painted this portrait while at Fort Gibson, in the northeast corner of what is now Oklahoma. He first visited Fort Gibson in 1842 and returned two years later. All of the portraits he made there were destroyed by fire, except for this one. (Schimmel, “John Mix Stanley and the Imagery of the West in the Nineteenth Century.” PhD diss., 1983) This highly staged and idealized image shows the warrior posed dramatically on his stallion, which, suspended in the air, looks more like a rocking horse than a live animal.

Title
Ko-rak-koo-kiss, a Towoccono Warrior
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Date
1844
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Dimensions
25 x 30 1/4 in. (63.5 x 76.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the Misses Henry

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Keywords
  • Landscape – plain
  • Animal – horse
  • Portrait male – Ko-Rak-Koo-Kiss
  • Ethnic – Indian – Towoccono
Object Number
1985.66.248,931
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