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Old Woman Bear / Joseph Henry Sharp

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Title(s): 
Old Woman Bear
Creator(s): 
Joseph Henry Sharp
Culture: 
American
Date: 
1905
Materials/Techniques: 
oil on canvas
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Thomas Gilcrease Foundation, 1955
Accession No: 
0137.455
Previous Number(s): 
604; 17990
Department: 
Signed, "J.H.Sharp. 05." in lower left; Inscribed in pencil on dust cover, "Old Woman Bear - Cheyenne Medicine Chief- Painted at Lame Deer, Mont. 1905 has earth paint on face & hair- His "medicine" is in the little bag on necklace- "Medicine" is always spiritual- Medicine men are the equivalent of our priests, - leaders, advisors & friend- Some wield as great influence (or more) as the chiefs- and one of the best Indian portraits I have painted" on verso.
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