Excerpt from the Thaw Catalog: By the late nineteenth century pictographic painting had developed into a detailed realistic and colorful expression of picture writing. The human and animal forms are outlined in profile, two-dimensional, and without references to landscape or perspective. Usually the figures are all looking and moving in the same direction, that is, from the right to the left. The war records on this skin, finely drawn by two different Teton Sioux artists, record warfare between the Sioux and Crow. Choosing to document only those events in which the Sioux were victorious, the artists do provide identification of individual heroes by depicting each warrior in full regalia rather than the actual and less elaborate war ensemble.
Physical dimensions: 
height 93 in ; width 98 in
height 96 in ; width 101 in ; depth 4.5 in