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Publisher: BODMER, Karl.
Title: Idols of the Mandan Indians.
Published: Pars, Coblenz, London, 1839

Size: 13.4 x 10.2 inches.
34.0 x 26.0 cm.
Colouring: Uncoloured.
Condition:  In good condition, general light soiling and marks to margins only. Good dark impression, good margins.
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An atmospheric scene sketched by Bodmer during the winter of 1833-1834 when he and his travelers stayed at Fort Clark on the banks of the of Missouri River. The hyde-wrapped poles are to represent the moon and the sun, which themselves are symbols of two of the most powerful Mandan deities: the Lord of Life (creator of all things) and the Old Woman Who Never Dies.
A Mandan standing before the effigies, possibly seeking guidance from these sacred beings. In Mandan beliefs, no important decisions or undertakings were made without this sort of consultation, which generally involved fasting and offerings or sacrifices.

Titles in German and French. Karl Bodmer's images show wonderful versatility and technical merit, that combine to give us a uniquely accomplished and detailed picture of a previously little understood (and soon to vanish) way of life. From 'Travels in the Interior of North America'.

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Reference: Graff 4648, Howes M443a, Pilling 2521, Sabin 47014, Wagner-Camp 76:1.

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