Warrior Killing a Soldier

Description
Unknown artist, about 1894
“Cheyenne Picture. Warrior Killing a Soldier.”
Ink and watercolor
This drawing shows the victory of a Cheyenne warrior over a U.S. Army soldier. The artist depicts the warrior counting coup on his enemy by touching the fallen soldier with his riding whip (quirt). Counting coup - in this instance touching an adversary in battle - was considered an act of bravery that could gain war honors. This single event took place during a larger battle against many adversaries, as indicated by the large number of rifles at the left.
Location
Currently not on view
Date made
ca 1875
date made
ca 1894
original artist
unknown
Place Made
North America
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 25.8 cm x 36 cm; 10 3/16 in x 14 3/16 in
ID Number
GA.08111
accession number
1897.031963
catalog number
GA*08111
accession number
1897.31963
Credit Line
Mrs. John G. Bourke
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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