HOWARD   TERPNING
Leader of Men

"Leader of Men"

Leader of Men
A Limited Edition Print
by artist Howard Terpning
Image size 18" x 26"   Edition size  1250

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This is a Crow Indian of the pre-Reservation period, about 1850 to I860. I wanted to try to show the strength of character in the man, with a lot of focus on his eyes. Actually chiefs gained prestige within their band or tribe if they did not flaunt wealth. They would be more inclined to give things away and be more austere in appearance than their comrades. This was a sign of leadership.

Here he has a bow case, which is quite a good one. It's made out of mountain lion skin, and has bead work on it. I wanted to create a strong pattern with the shape of the bow case coming up diagonally, leading up to the face and the old Crow war bonnet with the eagle feathers, then back down the right side. I wanted a strong, simple portrait of a man. -Howard Terpning

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