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N-Che-Askwe, Chief of the Coeur d'Alenes

Artist:
Olin Levi Warner (American, West Suffield, Connecticut 1844–1896 New York)
Date:
1891; cast 1906
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait, 1906
Accession Number:
06.314
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
"N-Che-Askwe, Chief of the Coeur d'Alenes" was one of seven portraits of Northwest Indians that Olin Warner modeled in 1891 while in Oregon. At that time N-Che-Askwe, which translates to "the old man with a staff," was ninety-eight years old. He served for many years as chief of the Coeur d'Alenes, the French name by which the Skitswish Indians were popularly known. Warner's ability to use light and shade to model the texture of N-Che-Askwe's skin and hair attests to the sculptor’s mastery of the bronze medium.
Signature: [right]: [cursive] Olin L. Warner Sc / 1891.

Inscription: [left]: N-CHE-ASKWE • / CHIEF OF THE; [right]: COEUR D'ALENES-I •
Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906
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