Scalps dressed for the Dance.
[American, n.d., c.1853.]
Lithograph printed in colours, sheet 310 x 235mm. 12¼ x 9¼". Some faint offsetting.
Rather gruesome ritual Native American artefacts; these human scalps suspended within frames were evidently held aloft on poles during dancing. Seth Eastman (1808 – 1875) was an artist and West Point graduate who served in the US Army, as a mapmaker and illustrator, who was instrumental in recording Native American life. Numbered 'Pl.11' below upper right; possibly for an edition of 'The American aboriginal portfolio' by the artist's wife Mary H. Eastman.
See LoC 03006334.
[Ref: 23487] £130.00