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Catalog Number 2013.82.01
Title MEDICINE MAN
Object Name Painting
Artist Shope, Irvin "Shorty" (1900-1977)
Dimensions W-12.5 L-16.5 inches
Medium Oil on board
Date 1966
Notes Oil on board painting of an illustration of an American Indian wearing a buffalo headdress dancing on the ground. The majority of the ground is painted light blue and the man is positioned in the center of the ground. Behind the man is a dark green blanket that has dark green stripes and a red border along the outside edge. The shadow of the dancer is on the proper right side of the ground. The headdress has two horns, one on each side and a feather in the center. The feather sticks straight up and the horns are connected with a string through the center. Hanging down from the headdress, on either side, are ermine tails. The dancer is also wearing a few necklaces around his neck and he is holding a handle with several feathers attached. In the other hand (his left) he is holding, what appears to be, a rattle with a long handle. The dancer is wearing buckskin pants with a geometric pattern down the outside side of the pants. Attached to the waist and hanging in the front and back is a red loin cloth with a blue belt or perhaps waistband with geometric designs through the center. It also appears that he has feathers attached to the back. Painted on his chest is a large skull, which is painted in red and above the skull are lightening bolts, which are red and orange. The frame is wooden, which is light in color and the outside edge has a thin layer of gold paint across the top surface for accent. The artist has signed the proper lower left corner of the painting "Irvin Shope / '66" with brown paint.
Search Terms Art
Native American
American Indian
Portrait