Lot 47: OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS PRIMITIVE MOUNTAIN MAN NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN FIGHT SCENE RIFLE GUN BOWIE KNIFE TOMAHAWK .
TERRA INCOGNITA Fall Western Cowboy, Native American, Sporting, Advertising, Decoy, Gun, Knife, & Photography Auction
01 November 2016
Chicago, IL, USALive Auction
Description: Unsigned oil on canvas painting. 30" wide by 34" high. This painting has had a few very old repairs, note patches on back side of canvas. Also note that the top where it was over the frame has come apart. It should get some attention to fixing. This painting depicts a Mountain Man who is in the process of saving his own life. He has already (presumably) killed two of his attackers, one in the background and one at his forefeet. There are several weapons in this painting. The Native American at the Mountain Mans feet probably had a gun and tomahawk. We can see the butt of the gun and a broken halberd type tomahawk. The Native American sports a beautiful blue (trade cloth or silk?) shirt. This painting leaves much to the imagination, is or was the gun or the tomahawk the mountain mans, or which was which? Either way there are two dead Indians and the Mountain Man is left with his Bowie Knife for the 3rd Native American. Who is jumping off of a rock with his knife (edge would seem to be facing outward) and his gun. A fourth Native American looks on with his knife in hand. The mountain man also has a powder horn hanging at his waist. Again what will be the outcome seems to be the center of attention! The Native Americans seemed to have taken turns attacking one at a time, likely done by Indian tradition to tell who is the bravest. This is a fantastic early painting, you rarely find weapons in Native American scenes, so to have three knives, a couple guns and accoutrements makes it rare. This painting surely tells a story, yet leaves much to the imagination.