attributed to Black Chicken (Siyo Sapa/Sayosapa/Black Prairie Chicken), Yanktonnai Nakota, ca. 1845-ca. 1903
Fort Peck Reservation; Roosevelt County; Montana; USA (inferred)
Wood, rawhide, buffalo horn, paint, hide thong/babiche
Carved, bent, stretched, laced, painted
Collection history unknown; said to have been owned by the Hunkpapa leader Sitting Bull (ca. 1831-1890) and Captain John Crawford ("Captain Jack" Crawford, 1847-1917), of the Black Hills Rangers, but this is unlikely; formerly in the collection of Elisha P. Slocum (1830-1911), agent for the Adams Express Company in the Dakotas and probably acquired by him in the 1870s; inherited by Slocum's wife's niece, Edith Story Gray (Mohegan, 1874-1966); purchased by MAI from Mrs. Gray in 1972 using funds donated by John S. Williams (1901-1982, New York City stockbroker and MAI trustee).
59 x 49 x 7 cm
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