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painting of Chief Watonga
  • Louis Shipshee
    born: Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation, Kansas, United States ; died: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; active: United States
  • painting of Chief Watonga, 1896–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, paint
  • Object Height/Width: 107 x 110 cm
    Object Height/Width: 42 1/8 x 43 1/4 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1387

The irregular piece of buckskin is painted with the bust of a man, identified as Chief Watonga. He wears his long black hair in two braids with a beaded medallion of red, light blue, and white on each. He wears a single feather with four grass-like adornments on the crown of his head. He has blue and red designs painted on his face, and red decorations painted on his chest and both arms. On the bottom facing left corner, the painting reads:
"Chief Watonga
Black Coyote
by L. Shipshee"