Bodmer - Zauberpfahl
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Karl Bodmer - Magic Pile erected by the Assiniboin Indians near Fort Union.
“Zauber Maal bei den Assiniboin Indianern. Monument magic des Indies Assiniboins. Magic Pile erected by the Assiniboin Indians.“ - Vig. XV.
The Assiniboins are a Siouan Native American / First Nations people originally from the Northern Great Plains of the United States and Canada, especially known as buffalo hunters. Stone monuments like this one were erected to attract the buffalo herds. Bodmer painted this magic pile near Fort Union in summer 1833.
Aquatint and etching by Charles Vogel (1788-1868) after watercolours and drawings by Karl Bodmer, from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
First state (Ruud 2004, p 276) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on chine collé, published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.
Print size: c 23 x 24 cm, paper size: 25 x 30 cm. With blind stamp: C. BODMER (nearly cut).