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The Meeting of Chief Big Face and Fr. Jean DeSmet, S. J. 1841, (sculpture)

Catalog Data

Rutledge, Don  Search this
Rutledge, Sary  Search this
Big Face, Chief  Search this
DeSmet, Pierre Jean  Search this
Sculpture: cottonwood; Base: cottonwood logs and loose river rocks
Indian  Search this
Sculptures-Outdoor Sculpture
Administered by Historic St. Mary's Mission P. O. Box 211 Stevensville Montana 59870
Located Historic St. Mary's Mission DeSmet Park, at west end of 4th Street Stevensville Montana 59870
1991. Dedicated Sept. 1, 1991
Save Outdoor Sculpture, Montana survey, 1996.
Image on file.
(On plaque on base:) THE MEETING OF CHIEF BIG FACE AND FR. JEAN DESMET, S.J., 1841/Dedicated September 1, 1991, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of/the establishment of St. Mary's Mission./Sculptures by Don and Sary Rutledge/Cottonwood logs donated by the Daly Estate unsigned
The information provided about this artwork was compiled as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture database, designed to provide descriptive and location information on artworks by American artists in public and private collections worldwide.
Flathead Indian Chief Big Face and Father Pierre Jean DeSmet stand side-by-side in an amphitheater. Chief Big Face wears buckskin clothing and a floor-length headdress. He holds an eagle feather in his proper left hand. Father DeSmet wears a cassock with rosary beads tucked into the belt. There is crucifix around his neck and he holds a book in his proper left hand. His proper right hand is raised in greeting or blessing.
Portrait male--Full length  Search this
Ethnic--Flathead  Search this
Occupation--Religion--Clergy  Search this
Western  Search this
Control number:
IAS MT000214
Data Source:
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums