The Arrow Dance

Louis McClellan Potter American
Cast by Roman Bronze Works

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 American West and to Alaska, producing statuettes based on his interactions with Indigenous peoples. He completed several sculptures interpreting Sioux rituals, 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.

The Arrow Dance, Louis McClellan Potter (American, Troy, New York 1873–1912 Seattle, Washington), Bronze, American

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