Olin Levi Warner (American, West Suffield, Connecticut 1844–1896 New York)
1891; cast 1906
Diam. 11 in. (27.9 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait, 1906
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
"Poor Crane, Chief of the Cayuses" was one of seven portraits of Northwest Indian chiefs that Warner modeled in 1891 while in Oregon. At that time, Ya-tin-ee-ah-witz, or Poor Crane, was living on the Umatilla Reservation in northeastern Oregon and was chief of the Cayuses. As for the inscription on the medallion states, he had loyally fought for the "whites" on numerous occasions. Warner’s ability to use light and shade to model the texture of Poor Crane’s skin and hair and the detail on his jacket attest to the sculptor’s mastery of the bronze medium.
Signature: [left]: [cursive] O. L. Warner Sculpt / Umatilla / 891.
Inscription: [left]: YA-TIN-EE-AH-WITZ. / "POOR CRANE." / CHIEF OF THE CAYUSES•-; [right] A MIGHTY WARRIOR-FRIEND TO THE / WHITES--THRICE WOUNDED FOR THEM• / HE SLEW EHEGANT HOSTILE / CHIEF-1878-YAKIMA WAR / 1855-PIUTE 1867-BANNOCK / & PIUTE 1878-SNAKE / 187
Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906