Word into Art, £16.99
Length: 220.000 cm
Gift of Henry Christy
Room 26: North America
Blackfoot, before AD
From North America (Canada or the USA)
A record of war exploits
A Blackfoot artist has depicted eight or more
war exploits on this robe. The owner is certainly shown eight
times, each with an eagle feather war bonnet and yellow shirt. In
the middle and on the left he is portrayed with a
Four depictions of
On the middle right
is a shield, painted red with green stars, representing the
On the left-hand side the warrior is depicted capturing a woman, dressed in green, and above them he is shown sheltering behind his horse, wounded in the leg, and firing arrows.
The decoration of war robes and other types of shirt use a number of elements to convey the event: personal medicine, symbolism, the use of synonyms (here the use of claws suggests that the owner might have had a name such as White Eagle, or Lone Bear), metonyms (where something is named or illustrated by one of its attributes, for example 'war bonnet' for 'chief').