A Southern Plains pipe tomahawk

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Lot 198
A Southern Plains pipe tomahawk

Sold for US$ 8,200 inc. premium

Native American Art

31 Aug 2020, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Property of Another Owner
A Southern Plains pipe tomahawk
Attributed to Tsatoke, the cast brass head attached to a carved wooden haft with brass tack accents, the bit made from a .44 bullet casing.
length 18in, width 8 1/4in

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Tsatoke (Hunting Horse) (c. 1846-1956), by descent to his son Monroe Tsatoke (1904-1937)
    Gifted to Munroe Potter, by descent to his granddaughter Vaunseal Lemons
    Sold at Livingston Auction and Estate Services, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK, 2008

    Tsatoke (Hunting Horse) was born sometime during the winter of 1846, the son of Kiowa War Chief Woman's Heart and his Mexican-born, Kiowa-raised wife. In his 20s, Tsatoke was recruited to join General Custer's Seventh Cavalry, where he served as a scout until 1875. Tsatoke fathered three sons and three daughters.

    Monroe Tsatoke, son of Tsatoke, was born in Saddle Mountain, OK in 1904. Monroe was a talented artist and member of the Kiowa Five, which included James Auchiah, Spencer Asah, Jack Hoeah, Stephen Mopope, as well as the sometimes-overlooked only female member of the group, Lois Smoky. At the invitation of Oscar Brousse Joacobson, head of the art department at the University of Oklahoma, the six attended UO under a special scholarship. While there, the group shared a house rented out by Smoky's grandfather.

    Tsatoke was close with the Smoky family, and met the acquaintance of Munroe Potter as the Potter family leased property from the Smoky family outside of Anadarko, OK.

    A letter from Vaunseal Lemons to Livingston Auction & Estate Services detailing Monroe Tsatoke's gifting of the pipe to her grandfather and Volume XXXIV, Number 3 of The Chronicles of Oklahoma, Autumn, 1956, which contains a biographical article on Tsatoke by Mary Ellen Ryan, accompany the lot.
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