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Medicine Shell / Joseph Henry Sharp

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Title(s): 
Medicine Shell
Creator(s): 
Joseph Henry Sharp
Culture: 
American
Date: 
1905
Materials/Techniques: 
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
Overall (Canvas): 18 × 12 1/4 in. (45.7 × 31.1 cm) Framed: 20 7/8 × 14 7/8 × 2 in. (53 × 37.8 × 5.1 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0137.431
Department: 
Signed, "J.H.SHARP. 05" in lower left on recto; Inscribed in pencil on dust cover, "Medicine Shell 1905 Half Breed Crow Woman" on verso; Inscribed on paper attached to dust cover, "Medicine Shell 1905 Half Breed Crow Woman Crows somewhat immoral. Blackfeet and other tribes much less, Cheyennes none- In older times they cut the end of the nose off a woman who slipped- Brutal, but effective. In early 90's I saw one very old woman thus disfigured- and was the last" on verso; Inscribed on original backing board (now in Conservation paper file), "Medicine Shell 1905 / Half Breed Crow Woman / Crows somewhat immoral. / Blackfeet and other tribes / much less, Cheyenne none. / In olden times they cut the / end of the nose off a woman / who slipped - Brutal, but effective. / In early 90's I saw one very / old woman thus disfigured - and / was the last - .".
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