(American, c. 1844–1907)
Overall: 76.2 x 48.3 x 36.5 cm (30 x 19 x 14 3/8 in.)
American Painting and Sculpture Sundry Purchase Fund and Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2011.110
Growing up in her Ojibwe community, Lewis went by a name that translates as "Wildfire."
Lewis studied at Oberlin College and apprenticed with a sculptor in Boston before relocating to Rome in 1866. Of Native American (Ojibwe) and African American ancestry, she became the first non-white American sculptor to achieve international renown. Lewis’s most popular works were Native American subjects, readily purchased by patrons on both sides of the Atlantic. Indian Combat, a spiraling composition with three intertwined figures, ranks as her most dynamic and complex creation. Although Lewis’s Native American subjects typically exist in multiple versions, this example appears to be unique.
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