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Acoma Water Girls

Photographed by Tom DuBrock
Not on view

Acoma Water Girls

Artist: Edward S. Curtis (American, 1868 - 1952)

Engraver: Suffolk Engraving Company (American, active early 20th century)

Date: copyright 1905
Medium: photogravure on paper
18 × 22 inches (45.7 × 55.9 cm)
Other (Plate): 13 5/8 × 17 1/8 inches (34.6 × 43.5 cm)
Classification: Photographs
Inscribed: V.16 573 (lower right, in pencil); Photogravure Suffolk Eng.Co.Cambridge, Mass. (lower right); From Copyright Photograph 1904 by E. S. Curtis (lower center); ACOMA WATER GIRLS (lower left); Plate 573 (upper left)
Markings: X1106-04 (lower left in photo); VAN GELDER ZONEN/ MADE IN HOLLAND (watermark, bottom margin, horizontal)
Credit Line: Purchase of the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, 2013
Object number: 2013.2.16.31
Label Text:Curtis made several photographs of Southwestern Indian women and girls with water jars. They balance the jars on their heads as they bring water from cisterns to the pueblo. The women are also the makers of the beautiful painted pots.
Provenance: Acquired by subscription directly from the artist by the National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.[1]; purchased December 6, 2012 through (Christies, New York, New York,[2]) by (Arader Galleries, New York, New York); purchased June 10, 2013 through (Arader Galleries, New York, New York) by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation; accessioned to the Stark Museum of Art | [1] This set was stored in the National Geographic Society’s archive housed in the Society’s Washington, D.C. headquarters. | [2] "The National Geographic Collection: The Art of Exploration," December 6, 2012, Christie’s, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, sale 2603, lot 65
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