Chiricahua Apache, #20/30

BY SCOTT ROGERS

Chiricahua Apache, #20/30

BY SCOTT ROGERS

BRONZE

23 X 12.50

$7,600

SOLD

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

Famed for their fierceness in battle and resourcefulness in evading capture the Chiricahua Apache dwelt among the Sierra Madre Mountains in southeast Arizona. In describing the military’s efforts, one soldier said, We chase the wind and shoot at shadows. Led by chief Niech, and medicine man, Geronimo, the Chiricahua were one of the last Indian tribes to lay down their weapons of war. On September 4, 1887 the Chiricahua surrendered to General Nelson A. Miles.

Used as inspiration was this photo of Chief Bonito, a Chiricahua Apache (circa 1884).

-Turned up moccasins were characteristic of Chiricahua footwear.
-Note the fabricated epaulettes on the shoulders.
-I ponder where he obtained the rings on his fingers.
-I found it fascinating that this warrior may of been wearing the blouse of a woman. I come to this conclusion based on what appears to be lace around his left sleeve.
-It is not clear as to the caliber of rifle Bonito is holding. Shown in the sculpture is a 45-70, a common firearm acquired among the Chiricahua.

-Scott Rogers

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