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Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Cheyenne
Central Plains

late 19th century

recto/verso ink and coloured pencil on paper

height: 3 ⅞""
width: 7 ½"

Inventory # P4373

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Bonham’s, Los Angeles, December 16, 2019, lot 180

The recto depicting Crow "hot dancers" in full regalia; the verso featuring members of the Contrary Society taking part in the Massaum, or Animal Ceremony, depicted here hunting buffalo so that it shows its powers, each face likely drawn by a different artist; recto indistinctly inscribed: Re.Bire

The Bethel Moore Custer Ledger contains a drawing with many similarities to the verso of this drawingg: Plate 24, Frontier Army Museum, Fort Leavenworth, https://plainsledgerart.org/plates/view/3670.