Indian Scouts by the River at Sunset

Olaf C. Seltzer (American, 1877-1957)

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Here one of the Indian scouts is shown with horned headdress and shield, holding a coup stick.

The ultimate act of bravery was to get close enough to touch an enemy with a coup stick, let him live and survive yourself, then claim the opponent's spiritual powers.

The artist...Mrs. Oren K. Stafford of Waterloo, Iowa; Vose Gallery in Boston 1969; Harrison Eiteljorg 1969; donated to the IMA 1973 (one reference states "wrong painting")

Object Information

Olaf C. Seltzer (American, 1877-1957)
oil on canvas
25 x 29 in.
30-1/4 x 34-3/4 in. (framed)
accession number
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Gift of the Harrison Eiteljorg Gallery of Western Art
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945
deaccessioned on
transfer notes
Sold on 5/20/2009 (Lot 26)
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