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Flathead Warrior

Accession Number
1997/1.152

Title
Flathead Warrior

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1910

Medium & Support
photogravure on paper

Dimensions
12 9/16 in x 9 1/2 in (31.91 cm x 24.13 cm);19 7/16 in x 14 3/8 in (49.37 cm x 36.51 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Stephen M. Taylor

Subject matter
This image of Flathead man in warrior costume is from The North American Indian (1907 - 1930), a twenty-volume series created by Edward Curtis in order to document the lives of Native Americans in diverse regions of the Western United States. This limited edition volume was financially supported by J.P. Morgan, and promoted by Theodore Roosevelt. The resulting works have been criticized and celebrated for their portrayal of Native American life. Curtis often included anachronous props and clothing and presented rituals that had not been performed in years in order to support an idealized and romantic reading of a “vanishing race.”

Physical Description
A portrait of a man in costume. He wears woven fabric with geometric designs, and holds a horn at his nose. The sleeves of his costume have feather tassles hanging from them, and he wears a feathered headdress, which is obscured as he tilts his head back.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Flathead
Native American
costume (mode of fashion)
costumes
feathers
headdress
horn
modern and contemporary art
single-sitter portraits
standing
trees
warriors

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