Julian Scott Ledger Artist B, Kiowa

"12 High-Ranking Kiowa Men"(1880) detail

Julian Scott Ledger Artist B has rendered a detailed portrait of twelve Kiowa men in fancy dress. The diversity of materials that make up this finery is extraordinary, ranging from otter skins and feathers to beads, calico, wool cloth, ribbon, German silver, and peace medals. One man wears a red cloth military jacket and carries a saber in a scabbard. All the men wear feathered hair ornaments and have painted faces. The leader has a buffalo head painted over his mouth.