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The Stoic

Joseph Henry Sharp, The Stoic, 1914, oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 61 1/2 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Joseph Henry Sharp, 1917 (395.23P) Photo by Blair Clark

The Stoic

Artist: Joseph Henry Sharp (American, 1859 - 1953)
Date: 1914
Medium: oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Image: 52 1/2 × 61 1/2 in. (133.4 × 156.2 cm)
Frame: 62 1/2 × 72 1/2 × 3 1/2 in. (158.8 × 184.2 × 8.9 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Joseph Henry Sharp, 1917
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 395.23P
Description
A Sioux performing a rite of self-sacrifice in the Sun Dance; the figure is laboriously walking with the aid of a walking stick; the skin on the figure's back is pierced and attached to four horse heads being drug on the ground.
"In a supreme grief, like the death of a favorite warrior son, the Indian would cut the muscles of the back, tie the buffalo thongs to them-with several favorite pony heads as the other end, and drag around the hill side from sunrise to sunset, or until the thongs pulled loose-to prove he was a brave man and had the courage and fortitude to face any trouble". - J.H. Sharp
Not on view
In Collection(s)
Publication and Exhibition History: 11/24 - 12/24/1917 School of American Research, Museum of New Mexico "Dedication Exhibit of Southwestern Art"