Lot 24

1938 Amos Bad Heart Buffalo 1869-1913 Plate XXIII

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

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This is an original photography negative plate XXIII plate limited edition circa 1938 of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo (1869 - 1913) ledger art of the ceremony of the public Grass Dance in honor of the warrior He Dog. Amos Bad Heart Buffalo (also referred to as Amos Bad Heart Bull, Eagle Bonnet, Wa?blí Wap?áha) a very notable Oglala Lakota Sioux Native American Indian ledger artist, created his famous Ledger book showing amazing hand drawn illustrations depicting important history, the pieces were photographed and later Amos Bad Heart Buffalo was buried with his original ledger book upon his death in 1913 and the original plates were thought to have been lost, but later were recovered and a very limited series named Paintings Of The Sioux and Other Tribes of The Great Plains: Sioux Indian Painting Part I and Part II The Art of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo printed in 1938 by C. Szwedzicki and V. Grespin in Nice, France. The dance represents the battle on "Powder River" in 1876 when Lakota Sioux and Cheyeene were attacked and killed by U.S. Soldiers. There were only 400 total pieces made from the original photograph plate made in 1938 with this being hand numbered 72/400 and considered Part 11 of The Art of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo: Scenes from Custer Battle. This piece was published by C. Sewedzicki in Nice, France and is completely hand colored, making it nearly an original work of art. The is a song that commemorates a fight on the Powder River that coincides with this times piece of art that reads: He was their friend - They were his friends - Everyone failed him - Even his own people. Amos Bad Heart Buffalo or by his personal name Eagle Lance was the son of notable Ogalala warrior and was one of the hostile's in the Battle of Little Big Horn, Amos Bad Heart Buffalo repeatedly shows his father in action in his drawings. He Dog, the uncle of Amos Bad Heart Buffalo also participated, so that from father and uncle to son he had ample opportunity to learn first hand of the exploits that marked combat. Amos Bad Heart Buffalo, well known among the Lakota Sioux as an exceptional artist, reported that he filled three ledgers full of drawings with artwork similar to the pictures reproduced in this portfolio; however only one of the ledgers is extant and is owned by the artist's sister and has been made the subject of an extended report by the discoverer, Miss Helen Blish from Carnegie Corporation and was only offered in limited capacity as the originals are buried with the artist. This is an extremely RARE example of his artwork published by C. Sewedzicki and was professionally framed in Red Wing, Minnesota by Bob Chester in the month of Fed. 2006.The condition of this artwork is good with no obvious signs of damage to the artwork and very slight wear to the frame. The measurements of this framed artwork is 17 3/4" x 24 7/8" and the visible art measures 11 1/4" x 18 1/2". Truly a significant and rare original piece.
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