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The Arrow Dance

Louis McClellan Potter (American, Troy, New York 1873–1912 Seattle, Washington)
28 3/4 x 15 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (73 x 39.4 x 36.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Stephens, in memory of Helen Tresch, 1986
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Potter studied in Paris in the late 1890s before setting up a studio in New York. Beginning in 1904, he traveled to the West and to Alaska, producing statuettes that document American Indian lifestyles and rituals. He completed several sculptures focusing on the activities of the Sioux, including The Arrow Dance, in which a solitary figure points to an arrow lying on the ground. The pose implies rhythmic movement and a thorough absorption in the ceremonial dance.
Signature: [top of base, left]: Loius [sic] Potter/ 1907

Inscription: [underside of base]: 558

Marking: [foundry mark, left side of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N-Y-
Mr. and Mrs. Edwin C. Stephens, Brookings, South Dakota, until 1986
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