A vintage carved wood and hand-painted Indian chief wall sculpture.
The artist painted the Indian in high relief so it has a strong character,
depth and dimension. Possibly a portrait of a Shawnee war leader, Tecumseh
born in the Ohio Valley sometime around 1768.
Tecumseh unified a number of different peoples into a settlement known as
Prophetstown, better known in the United States as Tippecanoe. One day,
while Tecumseh was away on a recruiting trip, future US president William Henry Harrison launched a surprise attack and burned it to the ground, killing nearly everyone.
Still angered at his people’s treatment at the hands of the US, Tecumseh joined
forces with Great Britain when the War of 1812 began. However, he died at the Battle
of the Thames on October 5, 1813. Though he was a constant enemy to them, Americans
quickly turned Tecumseh into a folk hero, valuing his impressive oratory skills and the
bravery of his spirit.