Bodmer - Utensilien der Indianer
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Karl Bodmer - Indian Utensils and Arms.

“Indianische Geräthschaften und Waffen. Utensiles et Arms Indiens. Indian Utensils and Arms.” - Tab. 21.

About half of the artifacts pictured in Tableau 21 are now in the collections of either the museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin or the Linden-Museum in Stuttgart.

Bodmer's copy of a buffalo robe, that was painted by Mato Topé (The four Bears), second chief and hero of Mandan nation, depicts some oft his heroics including the fight with the Cheyenne. The robe was a present of the Mandan chief to Maximilian. The original robe can be seen at the Lindenmuseum, Stuttgart, Germany (

Original coloured aquatint and etching by Alexandre Zschokke and Johann Hürlimann (1793-1850) 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 146) for a German or French edition, printed by Bougeard, Paris, 1837-43, on large wove paper (papier vélin), published by Jakob Hölscher, Koblenz, 1837-42 or by Arthus Bertrand, Paris, 1840-43.

Plate mark: 40,5 x 52,5 cm, paper size: 60,5 x 44 cm (printed on large paper). With blind stamp: C.BODMER.

Very nice fine old colours, painted in detail and finished with glow. Paper a little bit toned, as usual for the original coloured prints. A few spots beyond the plate mark at margins. Otherwise perfect condition.

€ 4.500,-