Lot Details & Additional Photographs
1999, patinated bronze, edition numbered 4/20, signed and dated to left shoulder mounted upon a wood plinth, includes a tall wooden display pedestal with acrylic gallery plaque detailing Garakontie's biographical information, and accompanying paperwork from the artist's studio.
Sculpture 31 1/2 x 18 1/2 x 17 in.; pedestal 38 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in.
Jud Hartmann Gallery & Sculpture Studio, Blue Hill, Maine
Since 1983, Jud Hartmann’s primary artistic focus has been the creation of a series of limited-edition bronze sculptures entitled: The Woodland Tribes of the Northeast – the Iroquoians and Algonkians. Unlike the countless bronzes depicting the American West beginning with artists like Frederick Remington and Charlie Russell, this series represents for the first time in sculpture, an exploration of the Eastern Woodland Tribes. It is far and away the most in-depth portrayal of Northeastern Indians ever done.
Garakontie (c.1600-1676) was a highly respected Onondagan chief for one of the five original nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy in the Northeastern Woodlands. He was a skilled orator and negotiator with the French until his death in the winter of 1677–78, helping to broker peace between the French and Iriquois Confederacy through a series of treaties. One of the greatest of these was an alliance called the “Covenant Chain” symbolized as a three-link chain of silver, where the links represent "Peace, Friendship and Respect."
Good estate condition; two headdress feathers professionally repaired, imperceptible; some scuffs and marks to wood plinth and pedestal.
$1,000 - 3,000