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Announcing the Howard Terpning 90th Birthday Series!

Howard Terpning turns 90 on November 5th, 2017! Fine Art Publishing is celebrating Howard’s 90th birthday by launching a special new series of limited editions of some of Howard’s classic works – the Howard Terpning 90th Birthday Series™.

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Dust Of Many Pony Soldiers and Matching 5x7 Print

Dust Of Many Pony Soldiers and Matching 5x7 Print


Sioux Flag Carrier

Sioux Flag Carrier


Crossing Below the Falls

Crossing Below the Falls

The Ploy

The Ploy

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Transferring the Medicine Shield (Anniversary Masterwork Canvas)

Main Image
Your Price: $1,450.00
In Stock
Part Number:77794372

Edition Type:

ANNIVERSARY MASTERWORK CANVAS

Image Size:

30"w x 45"h

Limited Edition of:

85

Production Date:

November 2015

The shield was considered a medicine object among the Blackfeet people and was treated with the same great care and reverence as other medicine bundles. If the shield were to be transferred to another, it had to be exchanged in a formal ritual.

As Terpning explains the ceremony, first a smudge would be made inside the tepee. The shield would be passed through the sacred smoke four times, four being considered a magical number by Plains Indians. The recipient of the shield was painted with yellow earth over the face and hands, the face would then be streaked by drawing the fingertips downward. A red transverse band was painted across the mouth. Four drums were beaten and special songs were sung. The seller then took up the shield and dodged about, pretending to avoid blows or arrow strikes, as in a fight. At the end of the ceremony, the recipient paid the former owner with a horse.

Howard Terpning's Transferring the Medicine Shield was chosen to become an Anniversary Edition Fine Art Canvas because it is a masterpiece in the study of Native American rituals. It is a story of the harmony of the Plains People with their environment; of color and design; and of an artist with his subject. Be one of the few to own one of the finest works from one the greatest artists to ever paint the American West.

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