Little Shield, Arapaho

"Pen-na-tak-er Co-manch"(before 1868)
pencil and ink 4 x 6.5 in

Little Shield rides in from the right - a directional movement stating the relation of subject to object, or power to submission - his horse at full gallop. With his bow and shield held aloft he is poised to strike his enemy, a warrior of the Penateka Comanche.

Little Shield's drawing style suggests that his work is an early example of the transition from hide-painting to ledger book drawing. His simple pictographs have much in common with painted buffalo hides dating from the 1830s-40s. For example: Little Shield's face and torso are shown frontally, while his horse and leg are shown in profile. Facial features and hands are absent. Elaborate, ornamental detail is minimal.