Bodmer - Opferstätte
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Karl Bodmer - Offering of the Mandan Indians
“Opfer der Mandan Indianer. Offrande de Indiens Mandans. Offering of the Mandan Indians.“ - Vig: XIV.
The Mandan are a Native American tribe that historically lived about 1800 along the banks of the Missouri River and its tributary streams Heart and Knife River. Here we see one of their sacrifical altars with skulls. Bodmer painted it in November 1833 near the burial of Mih-Tutta-Hang-Kusch.
Aquatint and etching by Sigismond Himely (1801-1872) after a watercolour by Karl Bodmer (Joslyn's collection KBA 303), from Prince Maximilian's “Travels in the Interior of North America, 1832-1834”.
First state (Ruud 2004, p 273) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on wove paper (papier vélin), published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.
Plate mark: 24 x 32 cm, paper size: 30 x 44,5 cm. With blind stamp: C. BODMER.