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two grass dancers
  • Carl Sweezy
    circa 1881–1953
    born: Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation, Oklahoma, United States ; died: Comanche, Oklahoma, United States ; active: United States
  • two grass dancers, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Anadarko, Oklahoma, United States
  • watercolor?, pencil
  • Object Height/Width: 25 x 25.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 13/16 x 10 1/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7760

The two figures are in dancing poses. The facing left figure's body is painted black. He wears a red roach headdress, fancy discs on his arms and back, blue trailers with feathers and a string of bells down either leg. The facing right figure is also wearing a red roach headdress with fancy discs on either arm and back. He wears a black dance apron and red trailer with bells on either ankle.

The reverse has an incomplete image of mounted riders in battle or on a hunt. The facing left figure holds a spear and shield, his horse is at mid-run. The facing right figure is turned backward, firing a bow. The back end of a horse with a portion of an eagle feather headdress indicates the image is not complete.