Mi-néek-ee-súnk-te-ka, Mink, a Beautiful Girl

  • George Catlin, Mi-néek-ee-súnk-te-ka, Mink, a Beautiful Girl, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.133

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According to George Catlin, Mink posed in a “mountain-sheep skin dress, ornamented with porcupine-quills, beads, and elk's teeth.” He described the Mandans as “people whose complexions appear as light as half breeds; and amongst the women particularly, there are many whose skins are almost white, with the most pleasing symmetry and proportion of features; with hazel, with grey, and with blue eyes,---with mildness and sweetness of expression, and excessive modesty of demeanour, which render them exceedingly pleasing and beautiful.” Catlin painted the girl’s portrait at a Mandan village in 18

Title
Mi-néek-ee-súnk-te-ka, Mink, a Beautiful Girl
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Date
1832
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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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Keywords
  • Ethnic – Indian – Mandan
  • Portrait female – Mink – waist length
Object Number
1985.66.133
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