Toh-kí-e-to, Stone With Horns, a Chief

  • George Catlin, Toh-kí-e-to, Stone With Horns, a Chief, 1832, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Harrison, Jr., 1985.66.82

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George Catlin painted Stone with Horns at Fort Pierre, on his Missouri River trip in 1832. Stone with Horns was a chief of the Yankton Nakota, and Catlin described him in his travel account, Letters and Notes: “Toh-ki-e-to . . . [is] reputed the principal and most eloquent orator of the nation. The neck, and breast, and shoulders of this man, were curiously tattooed, by pricking in gunpowder and vermilion, which in this extraordinary instance, was put on in such elaborate profusion as to appear at a little distance like a beautifully embroidered dress.

Title
Toh-kí-e-to, Stone With Horns, a Chief
Artists
Date
1832
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 male – Stone With Horns
  • Ethnic – Indian – Dakota
Object Number
1985.66.82
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