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Mah-To-Toh-Pa, The Mandan Chief | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Mah-To-Toh-Pa, The Mandan Chief

Mah-To-Toh-Pa, The Mandan Chief | Print | Wisconsin Historical Society
Full-length portrait of Mah-To-Toh-Pa. He is holding a decorated spear. "In the former letter I gave some account of Mah-to-toh-pa (the four bears), second chief of the Mandans, whom I said I had painted at full length, in a splendid costume. I therein said, also, that this extraordinary man, though second in office, is undoubtedly the first and most popular man in the nation. Free, generous, elegant, and gentlemanly in his deportment; handsome, brave and valiant; wearing a robe on his back, with the history of all his battles painted on it, which would fill a book of themselves if they were properly enlarged and translated." (Plate 28)
DESCRIPTION
Full-length portrait of Mah-To-Toh-Pa. He is holding a decorated spear. "In the former letter I gave some account of Mah-to-toh-pa (the four bears), second chief of the Mandans, whom I said I had painted at full length, in a splendid costume. I therein said, also, that this extraordinary man, though second in office, is undoubtedly the first and most popular man in the nation. Free, generous, elegant, and gentlemanly in his deportment; handsome, brave and valiant; wearing a robe on his back, with the history of all his battles painted on it, which would fill a book of themselves if they were properly enlarged and translated." (Plate 28)
RECORD DETAILS
Image ID:69159
Creation Date:circa 1844
Creator Name:Catlin, George
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Collection Name:Rare Books
Genre:Print
Original Format Type:prints, fine-art
Original Format Number:PH 348.28 (3)
Original Dimensions:12 x 17 inches
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Catlin's North American Indian portfolio; hunting scenes and amusements of the Rocky Mountains and prairies of America . . . London, George Catlin [after 1844]. 31 hand-colored lithographs, in portfolio. Full-length portraits of Indians, Indian dances, games and buffalo and bear hunts.
SUBJECTS
Painting
Portraits
Clothing and dress
Mandan Indians
Weapons
Men

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