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On the Border of the White Man's Land

Artist:
Solon Hannibal Borglum (American, Ogden, Utah 1868–1922 Stamford, Connecticut)
Date:
1899; cast 1906–07
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
18 1/2 x 27 x 10 1/4 in. (47 x 68.6 x 26 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1907
Accession Number:
07.104
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
In 1899 Borglum spent three months among the Sioux at the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota, where he began to model his first Indian subject. In ensuing years, he offered contradictory narratives about this prone figure shielded by his horse for a camouflaged view of his foe. One explanation was that it represented Black Eagle, a scout for General George A. Custer, who was sent to report on unvanquished Indians. Another was that the unnamed Indian, grasping a rifle, was spying on white settlers or a passing train.
Inscription: [left side of base]: On the Border of the White Man's Land

Marking: [foundry mark, right side of base]: ROMAN BRONZE WORKS N_Y_
the artist, until 1907
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