Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis -   Plate 666  Cheyenne Costume border=
Title:
Plate 666 Cheyenne Costume
Date:
1927
Size:
Portfolio, 22 x 18 inches
Medium:
Vintage Photogravure
 
This photograph by Edward Curtis shows a smiling native woman in a traditional costume. Her dress is full length and is likely made of two buffalo skins as is typical of Cheyenne women. Cheyenne women often painted their leggings which would indicate their husband’s war honors. She is also wearing beautiful moccasins. This middle aged woman is standing in the shade of a large tree.

Photographed by Edward Curtis in 1927 this photogravure in on display in our Aspen Art Gallery. Valley Fine Art acquired this piece from The Library of the University of Tennessee Knoxville Tennessee.

This ceremonial outfit is exquisite in construction and detail. Notice, from earrings to moccasins, the Cheyenne design is evident. Take note of the beadwork on the shoes, the scalloped cut of the leather at the dresses bottom, enhanced by the looping of yarn as fringe. Her mantle is woven with tribal motif accessorized with necklace and earrings.
Rare in Edward Curtis photogravure portraits is her smile.
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