Coleman studios  |  Bronze Sculpture

Bodmer / Catlin Series

Pitatapiu, Bowlance Warrior

41”H x 17”W x 12”D • Bronze • Ed: 35 • SOLD


Pitatapiu was an Assiniboin, a tribe that was once part of the Sioux Nation.  Pitatapiu was painted by Karl Bodmer at Fort Union in 1833.

This piece is a little unusual for the series because, unlike the others, Pitatapiu was dressed in his warrior clothing instead of his finery for this portrait. He is also holding a bowlance, a powerful and special ceremonial accoutrement which signifies that he belongs to an elite society.

It is possible that the original painting may be the only example of an Indian holding a bowlance. It was noted that the bowlance was decorated with bear entrails.