Appeal to the Great Spirit

Cyrus Edwin Dallin American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 765

"Appeal to the Great Spirit" presents a Native man on horseback wearing a feathered headdress, his head raised and arms outspread in communion with a divine power. More than 400 authorized bronze statuettes were cast in three different sizes, testament to the popularity of sculptures depicting prevailing Euro-American visions of a "vanishing race." Today, such objects represent the complicated, painful legacies surrounding falsehoods about the decline and erasure of Indigenous peoples.

Appeal to the Great Spirit, Cyrus Edwin Dallin (Springville, Utah 1861–1944 Arlington Heights, Massachusetts), Bronze, American

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