Silverhorn, Kiowa

"Kiowa Lancing Osage" (1887)
pencil and crayon 9.75 x 13.5 in

Silverhorn (Haungooah) was the premiere artist of the Kiowa tribe. Sought out by collectors and anthropologists as well as Kiowa patrons, he produced drawings on tipi covers, hides, and muslins as well as a prodigious number of works on paper. His artistic career spanned four decades, and his drawings form a link between the era of Plains ledger art and the revival of painting in the Southern Plains in the 1920's. This drawing is among his earliest known works, and is firmly rooted within the ledger tradition and its emphasis on scenes of warfare.