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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Shaumonekusse, Oto Half Chief (Husband of Eagle of Delight)

Artist: Charles Bird King (1785 - 1862)
Date: ca. 1822
18 x 14 1/2 in. (45.7 x 36.8 cm)
Framed: 23 1/2 in. × 20 1/4 in. × 2 in.
Medium: Oil on panel
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2010.87
Signed: verso, on panel: Ottoe Half Chief / Husband of Eagle of Delight / by C.B. King / no. 2
On View
Accession Number: 2010.87
Provenance(James Graham & Sons, New York, NY); Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge [1882-1973], Madison, NJ; to Estate of Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge, 1973; to (Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, NY), October 31, 1975, lot 65 (as Shamuonekusse, "Prairie Wolf," An Oto Chief); (Schweitzer Gallery, New York, NY); (Hirschl & Adler Galleries, New York, NY); to Pierre Bergé [b. 1930], Pierre Hotel, New York, NY, 1978; to (Sotheby's, New York, NY) December 1, 2004, lot 137; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2004
Label TextOto leader Shaumonekusse wears a bisonhorn headdress and bear-claw necklace, indicating his skill as a hunter. He also wears a presidential “peace medal”—a calculated diplomatic gift from United States government officials who wanted to increase white settlement on tribal lands.