NOTATIONS: No writing or printing on back. No
repairs. Paper is a rich cream, medium grade, antiquely toned, bright and bold
images.Beautiful fluid brushwork.
Real nice painting with fluid lines and the
blending of contrasts to create the mood of the performance. The role of
Bi'Si'Si was characteristically symbolic of the spiritual culture of the
Zuni. Bi'Si'Si walks with arms crossed carrying a feather in each hand,
wearing a robe of stripes, and a wrapping upon his head of plumes. Noted
is the inquisitive stare he has toward the viewer.
Being offered is a beautiful
rare antique Smithsonian HALFTONE LITHOGRAPH of a painting by Mary Wright Gill portrayingthe pageantry, ceremonies, and dances of the Zuni Indian, one of the Pueblo people. The lithograph is one of many outstanding illustrations
of the pageantry, ceremonies and dances in the Stevenson Zuni Collection.Gill’s paintings are based on the findings of
the investigative ethnographic expeditions led by Matilda Coxe Stevenson
between 1879 and 1901 of the prehistoric Zuni pueblos of New Mexico.In addition to the lithograph above, we are offering under separate
listings many noteworthy topographical
views of prehistoric ruins and pueblo dwellings and the surrounding
landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona; and the altars, fetishes, and kachinas of the Zuni People.
This is a first
edition high quality halftone lithograph with sharp vivid images capturing much
detail. Details of
the image are provided above and are also clearly
visible on the plate. The print is sealed in an archival clear-seal bag with
hardboard backing to protect and preserve your investment. Due to age, care
should be given in handling print. A copy of the title page is
may ship via USPS First Class Mail at $3.50 for average delivery in an envelope
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The LITHOGRAPH is an
authentic antique book illustration - NOT a copy, reprint or reproduction, or digital
outline is to project the image when photographed, and is not part of the
print, nor is it a mat.
INDIAN:The Zuni, also spelled ZÜNI by the Spanish and in early 20th
century ethnological texts, and A:shiwi,
as the Zuni refer to themselves in their own language, are a Native American
Tribe of the Southwest, one of the Pueblo peoples, most of whom live in the
Pueblo of Zuni on theZuni River, a
tributary of the Little Colorado River, in western New Mexico, United
States.Zuñi is 35 miles south of Gallup, New
Mexico and currently has a population of about
Matilda Coxe Stevenson
(1849-1915):Matilda Coxe Stevenson was born in 1849 in San Augustine, Texas.In 1872 Matilda married James Stevenson, an
employee with the U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories. Having no formal
education, Matilda cultivated her personal interest in American Ethnology via
her husband’s research.Through the
trips and collecting expeditions with her husband in Arizona
Matilda learned much about the town-building tribes of this arid region and of
the requirements of research among them. Matilda’s devotion to these studies
gained an assignment with the Bureau of Ethnology of the Smithsonian
Institution to do ethnological work among these people, and let to her
extensive research of the Zuni People.As the first woman to work in the American Southwest, she became the
first American ethnologist to consider the children and women of the region;
and as a female she was allowed to gain the confidence of the People.Unlike her male counterparts, she was treated
as one of the People, and as a result of this acceptance was able to garner
much about the interconnectedness of the People. She gained access to a number
of secret organizations and ceremonies usually forbidden to outsiders.With the Zuni People, Matilda concentrated on
the Zuni Indian religion and mythology, and their domestic life and practices.
In 1881, Matilda started
researching other Hopi villages as well as the ancient ruins of Arizona and New
Mexico. Here she collected prehistoric earthenware
and other material arts of the tribes. It wasn't until after her husband's
death in 1891, when she returned to do more in depth studying of the Zuni
Indians. She succeeded in gaining an almost complete knowledge of these people.
Matilda’s work is recorded in the volume which houses the beautiful
photographs, paintings, and masks of the Zuni People:THE
ZUNI INDIANS:THEIR MYTHOLOGY ESOTERIC
FRATERNITIES, AND CEREMONIES, 1901-1902.In 1904-05, Matilda set out for New
Mexico again with a goal of researching the relation
of Zuni Indians in various culture fields to other tribes of the region.
Lithograph is a rare and priceless item for the collector, student and
scholar. It is an extracted vintage Lithograph that was originally bound
as The Zuni Indians:their Mythology, Esoteric Fraternities, and
Ceremonies 1901-1902 within the Twenty-third Annual Report of the Bureau
of American Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution,a green linen bound volume with inset gilt
Indian head and gilt lettering of limited distribution to members of the
Congress. With the limited distribution and the rarity of the Lithograph
being available as individual items, they are not readily detected in title
searches. The Lithograph realistically portrays the Zuni Indian in a
fashion that often never finds its way into the history books. The
original volume was a wreck, and in an effort to salvage the knowledge that
otherwise would have been lost, we orphan the Lithographs, carefully removing
them from the damaged volume and stored them in archival clear seal envelopes
to protect and preserve them.)
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