Heye Foundation, 14/5680, the catalogue card states: "Painted buffalo robe. Bought by Corporal Louis E. Clave, 332 M.D. Casual Company, U.S. Marines, in 1887 from Indian who said he killed the buffalo northwest of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Sioux, Purchase:Exchange with Karl May Museum, June 1939."
The Zeilinski Collection, Berlin, Germany
Sold Christies New York, June 2004, lot 219
Acquired by the present owner from the above
For a related example and discussion of painted robes see Richard Conn, Native American Art in the Denver Art Museum, New York, 1979, p.139: "Before the critical confrontation between native and American military forces began on the plains, intertribal warfare had been a vehicle by which men established and improved their status within the tribe...To preserve a public record of these exploits, Plains men painted representational scenes on leather robes, tipi covers, and tipi linings...Its elements include episodic, non-chronological narrative content, precision in recording details of war equipment, and a stylization characterized by the flat, two dimensional treatment of each figure. Horses usually appear at a flying gallop, with all four legs extended."
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