Coleman studios | Bronze Sculpture
Bodmer / Catlin Series
Pitatapiu, Bowlance Warrior
41”H x 17”W x 12”D • Bronze • Ed: 35 • SOLD
PITATAPIU, BOWLANCE WARRIOR
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.