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Image: Portrait of Màndeh-Pàhchu with a Native American Flute

This portrait of Màndeh-Pàhchu holding a Native American flute is a plate from the atlas (Volume 4) of [Wied 1840], the French version of Prince Maximilian zu Wied's travels in America. The plate was made from an engraving Karl Bodmer's original watercolor that is now at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. The atlas comprises 81 engravings, with 48 "plates" and 33 "vignettes". The Màndeh-Pàhchu portrait is vingette 24, and was hand colored for publication.

Some of the text on the original engraving is outside the area of this image. The full text appearing on the original engraving reads "Vig. XXIV", "Ch. Bodmer del.ad nat.", "Imp. de Bougeard.", "Hurlimann sc.", "MÀDEH-PÀHCHU", "Junger Mandan Indianer", "Jeune Indien Mandan", "A YOUNG MANDAN INDIAN", "Coblenz bei J. Hölscher", "London, published by Ackermann & Co 96, Strand.", and "Paris. Arthus Bertrand, editeur".

Note that Karl Bodmer later moved to France and changed his name to Charles Bodmer, so the reference to "Ch. Bodmer" on this engraving.

This image is courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress, which they digitized from their copy of [Wied 1840].

See The Development of Flutes in North America for more context about this image.

Portrait of Màndeh-Pàhchu with a Native American Flute



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