The wyfe of an Herowan of Secotan
TitleThe wyfe of an Herowan of Secotan
The wife of an Indian weroance, or chief, crosses her arms in this watercolor painting by John White, the English artist who in 1585 accompanied a failed colonizing expedition to Roanoke Island in present-day North Carolina. The body art on her breast, arms, and legs was normal for women, not men, in Algonquian-speaking cultures. The tassels of the fringe on her skirt, which have oxidized to black over time, may have originally appeared white, perhaps representing pearls or some type of bead.
Date Createdca. 1585
SourceThe British Museum
FormatWatercolor on graphite
Physical Dimension10.25" x 5.5"
Coveragesixteenth century, North Carolina, Virginia
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