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BODMER, Karl.

Sih-Chida & Mahchsi-Karehde - Mandan Indians.

Stock Code
60025
London, 1843
£4,500

Bodmer made this full-length double portrait whilst at Fort Clark in December 1833. On the left is Sih-Chida ('Yellow Feather'), probably a member of the Mandan Dog Society as the cluster of feathers at the back of his head suggests. On the right stands Mahchsi ('Flying War Eagle'), a member of the Soldier Society, which regulated all important tribal affairs, but was perhaps best know for his height - at just over six feet, he was described by Bodmer as the 'tallest Mandan'.

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Description

Original hand-coloured aquatint engraving (tableau 20) printed on India paper and then laid down, studio blind stamp. Dimensions: Plate 51 by 42 cm (20 by 16.5 inches).

Bibliography

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