Sothebys sale to feature American Indian Art

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Sothebys sale to feature American Indian Art

24 Apr 2012, 10:40 GMT+01

Sothebys New York have announced details of their 16th May 2012 auction of American Indian Art.

Headlining the sale is the War Shirt of Chief Joseph (1840-1904), the last great Native American warrior chief. Chief Joseph, a.k.a. Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt, was the leader of the Wallowa band of the Nez Perce people, and an activist for them during the American army’s efforts to remove them from their land and transport them to a plantation.

He is an heroic historical figure, having defied the army to the last, travelling to Washington DC three times, meeting with two different Presidents, and spearheading the rights of his tribe and Native American culture in his cause.

His Nez Perce War Shirt is fringed and beaded with glass, in a poncho style and made of mountain sheep hide with pieces of buffalo hide, decorated with blue pigment, horse-hair pendants and white ermine drops. It is estimated to sell for $400,000-$600,000.

Other items of note at the auction include a symbolic Naskapi painted hide Hunting Coat, estimate at $250,000-$350,000, a Carrie Bethel Mono Lake Paiute Polychrome weaved basket expected to fetch $300,000-$500,000, and a Tlingit Polychrome wood bird Headdress, an example of Northwest Coast carving traditions, valued at $150,000-$200,000.

The sale includes amulets, pipes, pottery, masks, textiles, sculpture, weaponry, pipes and more, and is set to attract a lot of interest from collectors, as well as being a fascinating display of items demonstrative of the history and culture of Native American people.

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