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Miniature portrait of the King of Maquas, N America; bust, to front, head slightly to right, eyes to front, wearing painted marks, feathers and a ribbon around ears
Watercolour and bodycolour, with graphite, on vellum, oval
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Height: 90 millimetres
Width: 70 millimetres (oval)
- Curator's comments
- One of seven portait miniatures of Indian chiefs who visited London in 1710.
Label text from 'The Human Image' BM 2001. "Complex tattoos decorate all three of these Mohawk and Mahican visitors to Queen Anne. The designs relate closely to the geometric decoration painted on buckskin robes and clothing, and to the pictographs and carvings used to symbolise clan emblems. Those on the Mahican, Etow Oh Koan, include four Thunderbirds on the left of his portrait. These creatures of the Upper World, reflecting positive characteristics, were often depicted by other Algonquian-speaking peoples, for instance, in quiltwork embroidery on skin pouches, or engraved on birchbark medicine-lodge scrolls."
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2000/1 Dec-Feb, BM Great Court, Human Image
2007 Mar-Jun, London, National Portrait Gallery, 'Between Worlds:...'
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