The Vow of Vengeance

A work made of bronze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

1894

Artist:

Hermon Atkins MacNeil
American, 1866–1947

About this artwork

Hermon Atkins MacNeil modeled The Vow of Vengeance in Chicago in 1894, a year after he had worked on sculptural decorations for the World’s Columbian Exposition. He grew interested in Native American culture at the fair, where he encountered ethnographic displays and performers from Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. His first freestanding Indian sculpture, The Vow of Vengeance depicts an elder chieftain guiding a young brave as he shoots an arrow skyward. The individualistic modeling of the man suggests study from life, while the youth’s graceful pose adheres more closely to neoclassical idealism. The sculpture later served as inspiration for The Sun Vow, MacNeil’s large-scale bronze (1926.1503).

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American Art

Artist

Hermon Atkins MacNeil

Title

The Vow of Vengeance

Origin

United States

Date

1894

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Vow of Vengeance/HA MacNeil/94

Dimensions

42.6 × 18.7 × 21.6 cm (16 3/4 × 7 3/8 × 8 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Wesley M. Dixon Jr.

Reference Number

2001.435

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