Shield of Her Husband

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Companion Remarque Print
"Knife and Awl Case"
5" x 7"

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This painting shows a Sioux Indian woman proudly carrying the shield of her husband. As Terpning often does, he declines to provide much information on the character herself, empowering the viewer to create a story and relationship to the painting entirely of their own.

She is wearing a hide dress of the 1840 to 1850 period. The yoke is covered with pony beads and the sleeves are left natural, with no attempt at tailoring. Sioux women were allowed to carry their husbands shields whereas the Cheyenne women were not.

The Companion Remarque paper print, Knife and Awl Case, highlights the the knife and awl case hanging from the Sioux woman's belt. Both items where indispensible tools in high plains indian life during the time. Like many items found in Terpning's works, these are part of his beloved personal collection.