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Seven Kiowah Men

Accession Number
2002/1.208

Title
Seven Kiowah Men

Artist(s)
American; Artist Unknown

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
circa 1890

Medium & Support
graphite and colored pencil on lined cream rag paper

Dimensions
7 13/16 in x 12 5/8 in (19.84 cm x 32.07 cm);14 in x 19 in (35.56 cm x 48.26 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of The Daniel and Harriet Fusfeld Folk Art Collection

Label copy
Throughout the nineteenth century, many members of the Kiowa tribe were taken prisoner by the American government. While in prison, the Kiowa often painted images of their lives before they were imprisoned. Many Kiowa artists attempted to record scenes from daily life or common tribal customs and practices in their work.
This work depicts seven Kiowa men in brightly colored traditional clothing. In addition to the realistic depictions of facial paint and headdresses, the men are shown carrying tomahawks, a gun, a sword and arrows.
Lindsay Meehan
Modern and Contemporary Art Intern
2002

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Primary Object Type
portrait

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Keywords
Figures
costume (mode of fashion)
costumes
fans (costume accessories)
standing
trees

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