Burial of a Crow Chief

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1910
Catalogue Number
515
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H SHARP

Dimensions
16 x 19 in.
Credit Line
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville, OK
Accession Number
GRA-132
Subjects
burial, grief, group, mourn, scaffold

The artist; Frank Phillips, Bartlesville, OK, 1939; present owner

In a note to Frank Phillips in about 1940, Sharp described this work: "The Indian buries his dead upon some high elevation, because it is a nearer approach to the spirit world. They bury on scaffolds and in trees that in some mute, sorrowful way they may still hold communion with their loved and their lost. They bury with their dead all of the belongings of the deceased." (Woolaroc archives)