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Bodmer / Catlin Series

Pachtuwa-Chta, Arikara Warrior

36”H x 13”W x 12”D • Bronze • Ed: 35 • SOLD


Pachtuwa was introduced to Prince Maximilian and Karl Bodmer by Mato-Tope, one of the chiefs of the Mandan tribe in 1834. Pachtuwa-Chta had been living peacefully with the Mandan. Described as a tall, handsome man, Pachtuwa-Chta was characterized as someone who couldn’t be counted on and described as a man who had killed many white men. He posed for Bodmer wearing a beautiful red buffalo robe and heavily beaded leggings and moccasins and carried in the crook of his arm a gunstock type war club. In exchange for his portrait, Pachtuwa-Chta accepted a picture of a bear in which Maximilian painted the bear and Bodmer provided the background.