Medicine Buffalo of the Sioux

  • George Catlin, Medicine Buffalo of the Sioux, 1837-1839, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.485

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George Catlin described this magical image as “the figure of a buffalo cut out of the turf on the prairie, and visited by the Indians going on a buffalo-hunt.” (Catlin, 1848 Catalogue, Catlin’s Indian Gallery, SAAM online exhibition)

Title
Medicine Buffalo of the Sioux
Artist
Date
1837-1839
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
19 5/8 x 27 1/2 in. (49.7 x 70.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr.

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Ceremony – Indian – Medicine Ceremony
  • Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
  • Ethnic – Indian – Sioux
  • Western
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1985.66.485
Palette
Linked Open Data
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