Bodmer - Gros Ventre Häuptling
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Karl Bodmer - Mexkemahuastan. Chief of the Gros-ventres des Prairies.

“Mexkemahuastan. Chef der Gros-ventres der Prairies. Chef des Gros-ventres des Prairies. Chief of the Gros-ventres des Prairies.“ - Vig. XX.

Portrait of the chief Mexkemahuastan (Stirring Iron) warrior of the Gros Ventres Indians. The chief was one of the many Indians who boarded  Bodmer's keelboat during the Atsina camp encounter (see Tableau 38).

Bodmer depicted him as a fearsome individual, armed with gun and bow, wearing his hair in the style of a medicine man, with shell ornaments in his ears, and with fringed and beaded leggings under his painted buffalo robe.

Handcoloured aquatint, etching and engraving by Johann Hürlimann (1793-1850) after watercolours and drawings by Karl Bodmer, from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.

First state (Ruud 2004, p 276) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on chine collé, published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.

Plate mark: 31 x 22 cm, paper size: 44,5 x 30 cm. With blind stamp: C. BODMER.