Late 19th Century


Made by William Demuth of J.L. Mott Iron Works, after the original wood carving by Samuel Anderson Robb. Figure stands on a rockery base while looking over his left shoulder and holding a bow shaft, and is wearing a three-feather headdress, a bear claw necklace, a yellow cape with three red and blue stripes, and buffalo skin pants. Paint has been restored by Harry Dowler of Sandwich, Massachusetts.
Height 78".
Condition: Seam separation to left arm. Right hand is broken off, and one small thin piece of robe is broken off (both pieces are intact and just need to be re-attached).

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  • Provenance: Notes:
    William Demuth worked under Samuel Anderson Robb (1851-1928), the carver best known for his tobacconist figures. Robb's wood carving of this particular figure is in the Smithsonian collection.

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