Pastel, charcoal, 23 1⁄2” x 15 1⁄2”
$20,000. – 30,000.
This portrait is of Iron White Man, a minor band chief from the Oglala Sioux tribe, who traveled with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. He was part of the Indian Police Force, organized by Wild West manager John M. Burke, to ensure that the Indians participating obeyed show orders and refrained from drinking, gambling, and fighting. Indian policemen were elected from within the ranks of the show’s Indian performers. The red Circle of Vision (usually seen on war horses) is meant to provide alert vision and sense danger from afar.
Pictured here in the season of 1898, Iron White Man had fought under Crazy Horse at the Battle of Little Big Horn sixteen years prior.