Royal Rider

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The image is that of a distinguished warrior bearing a calumet (ceremonial pipe).  

This is my rendition of a figure found on the Grand Robe, a plains buffalo robe painting presently housed (I believe) in the Metropolitan Museum. I was instantly struck by the grandeur of the original and sought to make it my own by changing a few details and enriching the colors.  I began by free-handing an image of the original onto thin copy paper and producing a functional stencil. I chose much cleaner lines than the original, deleted color on the horse and rider and chose a very dark, bold earth-pigment for the headdress. The resultant deletions and very dark black- currant red created what I believe to be a very dramatic, stark, and respectful rendering of this fine fellow.  He appears nearly knight-like and must have been an intriguing chap. He carries both a pipe often used in discussions with others and sports a human scalp dangling from his horse’s bridle. I think he’s fascinating. Do you agree?