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Moses, Chief of the Okinokans

Artist:
Olin Levi Warner (American, West Suffield, Connecticut 1844–1896 New York)
Date:
1891; cast 1906
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
Diam. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait, 1906
Accession Number:
06.316
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765
"Moses, Chief of the Okinokans" was one of seven portraits of Northwest Indians that Warner modeled in 1891 while in Oregon. In 1893, Warner's friend Charles Erskine Scott Wood stated that Moses was chief of the Ilnamehin or Okinakan tribe, a local branch of the Nez Perce nation. In fact, the Okanagons belonged to the inland division of the Salishan linguistic stock in the Pacific Northwest. Because of a striking resemblance, Moses was often nicknamed "Henry Ward Beecher." Warner's ability to use light and shade to model the texture of Moses's skin and hair attests to the sculptor’s mastery of the bronze medium.
Signature: [lower center]: [cursive] Olin L. Warner Sc / 1891.

Inscription: [left]: "MOSES"; [right]: SULK-TASH-KOSHA. / "THE HALF SUN" / CHIEF OF THE / OKINOKANS•
Commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Wait for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1906
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