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Catalog Number 1987.90.01
Object Name Pictograph
Artist Stingy, Chief (ca. 1840 - 1918)
Dimensions H-20.5 L-79.5 inches
Medium Canvas/Colored pencil/Graphite
Date 1916
Notes Fragment of a larger canvas pictograph. Their provenance before 1982 is unknown, but evidence strongly indicates that these pictographs are some of those produced by Blackfeet artists at the request of the Great Northern Railway to decorate public spaces of Glacier Park hotels. Images from left to right include: the head and neck only of a red horse in the lower left corner. Brown and red "hoofprints" lead from the left edge to a group of four mounted warriors, each approx. 5" H. The first of these is a red warrior with brown legs, armed with bow and arrow, mounted on a yellow horse; above and to the right of this is a red warrior, with bow and arrow, mounted on a red horse; below and to the right of this is a blue warrior with red legs, with bow and arrow, mounted on a blue horse; below and to the right of this is a partial figure of a red warrior, with bow and arrow, mounted on a yellow horse. To the right of this group of figures are two vertical rows of three squared, inverted "U" shapes, each approx. 2 1/2" H, in blue, yellow and red. To the right of these is a yellow vertical line which runs the width of the canvas. To the top left of the line is an orange "13." To the right of the line is a vertical row of four blue inverted "U"'s, next to which is a row of four yellow inverted "U"'s beneath which is a partial figure of a yellow horse. Along the right edge of the canvas are two partial figures -- in the center, a red warrior mounted on a blue horse, leading by rope a brownish-colored horse above. The bottom, left and right edges are frayed where the canvas was cut. The canvas is stained and the colors have bled overall. Some graphite lines are faintly visible on some of the figures. The canvas has been mounted in a liner and placed on a wooden stretcher, and then edged with a black plastic strip.
Search Terms Pictograph
Art
Native American
American Indian
Great Northern Railway
Glacier Park