The Medicine Man

Artist
Joseph Henry Sharp
Date
ca. 1927
Catalogue Number
516
Medium
oil on canvas
Inscriptions

LR: J.H.SHARP

Dimensions
28 x 35 in.
Credit Line
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville, OK
Accession Number
GRA-86
Subjects
ceremony, drum, firelight, group, interior, medicine

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

In Sharp's note for Frank Phillips written at about the time of his sale of this canvas in 1940, the artist discussed the role of medicine men in Plains cultures. According to Sharp, they served as councilors and leaders but most importantly as men with the power to "cure the sick." (Woolaroc archives)