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Michael Horse Ledger Painting "Red Tipi"

Michael Horse Ledger Painting "Red Tipi"

Ledger paintings are a type of Native American folk art which started in the mid 1800's and was traditionally an art form of the Plains Indians. The images document what was going on in "Indian Country" from a Native perspective. It is a type of "internment art", which came about when the US government forcibly moved Indian people onto reservations and Native people used scrap paper to document what was going on around them.

This beautiful ledger painting titled "Red Tipi" is by the well known artist and jeweler, Michael Horse, whose work can be found in the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles, the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, the Smithsonian, and many other galleries and collections around the world. In this painting, Holy Bear is courting Medicine Bird and presents her with a parasol. Parasols were highly valued on the Plains which had very little shade and were used by the men when hunting. The original document on which the artist has painted is a 1894 commodities ledger. It is archivally matted and framed.

Artwork Measurements:

Length: 9 3/4 inches

Height: 15 1/4 inches

Frame Measurements:

Length: 18 1/4 inches

Height: 22 1/4 inches

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