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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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Newest Release

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

Recent Works

All Paintings

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Transferring the Medicine Shield (Limited Edition Print)

Main Image
Your Price: $375.00
Out of Stock
Part Number:77935652

Edition Type:

LIMITED EDITION PRINT

Image Size:

23"w x 35 1/8"h

Limited Edition of:

850

Production Date:

March 1991

Among the Blackfeet people, the shield was considered a medicine object and was treated as a bundle. If the shield was to be transferred, it had to be exchanged in a formal ritual. Special songs were sung and four drums used.

The recipient of the shield was painted with yellow ground over the face and hands. The face was then streaked by drawing the fingertips downward and a red band was painted across the mouth and eyes. The seller passed the shield through the fire's smoke four times then warded off imaginary attacks with it.

At the end of the ceremony, the recipient paid the former owner of the shield one horse.

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