Ceremonial Songs

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1924
Catalogue Number
716
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions
LL: J.H.SHARP
 
Verso on dust cover backing in Sharp's hand: CEREMONIAL SONGS / Bawling Deer / and Son BLACK DEER -- / TAOS -- /J.H.Sharp.
Dimensions
19 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.
Credit Line
Philbrook Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Accession Number
1942.13.2
Subjects
buffalo, ceremony, drum, interior

The artist; [?]; Mr. and Mrs. Waite Phillips; present owner by gift

A painting by this title was exhibited at Cincinnati's Traxel Art Galleries in 1924 and again in 1925. It was listed as the second offering out of 40 works for sale in the first display and third in the second exhibit, indicating that Sharp considered it an important work.  
 
Sharp found this subject to be most attractive during the first years of the 1920s. Ceremonial Songs was something of a follow-up to a similar work, Ceremonial Song for the Return of the Buffalo of 1923 which had enjoyed a good deal of critical acclaim in the press. (related image, # 279)
 
Another companion work had been produced in 1923, Song to the Buffalo Skull, that might have inspired this later canvas. (related image, #622).