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Listed By: Dealer or Reseller Print Type: Lithograph
Date of Creation: 1900-1949 Signed?: Signed
Subject: Ethnic Size Type/ Largest Dimension: Small (Up to 14'')
Edition Type: Open Edition Original/Reproduction: Original Print
Style: Realism


Archeological Expeditions of 1879-1901

Matilda Coxe Stevenson


Pageantry, Ceremonies, and Dances of the Prehistoric Southwest Zuni Indian

Paintings by Mary Wright Gill





     YEAR:  1901

     TYPE:  Authentic Antique Smithsonian Halftone Lithograph

     IMAGE:  Bright bold black and white lithograph

     ARTIST:  Mary Wright Gill

     EDITION:   Open edition


     SIGNED:  Signed in the plate

     SIZE:  Approximately 11 1/2" x 7 1/2"

     CONDITION or GRADE:  Excellent with notations

     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 portraying the 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 included.  Print may ship via USPS First Class Mail at $3.50 for average delivery in an envelope or USPS Priority Mail at $5.50 in a cardboard sleeve or box for better protection and fast delivery.We gladly combine shipping.  If buying multiple items, please email us and then wait to make payment after invoice combines items, or else special shipping fee may not be applied. 


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The LITHOGRAPH is an authentic antique book illustration - NOT a copy, reprint or reproduction, or digital print.  Black outline is to project the image when photographed, and is not part of the print, nor is it a mat.

THE ZUNI 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 the  Zuni 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 12,000.

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 and Mexico, 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.

(This 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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