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Portrait of Ruth St. Denis
  • Orval Hixon
    born: Ray County, Missouri, United States ; died: Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Portrait of Ruth St. Denis, 1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 31 x 23.7 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 12 3/16 x 9 5/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Orval Hixon
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0249

Black-and-white, full-length portrait of a woman in frontal view. She is in front of a dark background with a swirling decoration arching around her head and shoulders. She is wearing a cylindrical hat that is highly decorated with beads, and has two beaded tassels hanging in front of each of her ears. She is wearing a floor-length robe that is shimmering and decorated with beads, and a long shirt and pants that are also decorated with beads. Her hands and feet are visible from underneath the robe and she is standing on a decorated rug.