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Choosing of the Arrow

Artist:
Henry Kirke Brown (American, Leyden, Massachusetts 1814–1886 Newburgh, New York)
Date:
1849
Geography:
Made in United States
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
22 x 11 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (55.9 x 28.9 x 14.3 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mia R. Taradash and Dorothy Schwartz Gifts, and Morris K. Jesup and Rogers Funds, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.405
Not on view
In 1848 Brown earned a commission for a statuette "illustrative of Indian form and character" from the American Art-Union, a New York organization that distributed art to subscribers by annual lottery. Traveling to Michigan’s Mackinac Island, in Lake Huron, Brown was among the earliest sculptors to observe Native Americans firsthand, producing sculpted and drawn sketches (1990.46.2). This resulting statuette of a male nude reaching to draw an arrow from the quiver strapped to his back reveals an exacting realism, exemplified by the subtle handling of the figure’s ribcage and the ornamental topknot.
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