Item Number: FCSKU1297
Category: Skull - Buffalo
Materials: Bone, teeth
Description: Indian killed buffalo with a large cut in the skull from which the brains were removed for use in tanning. Skin and hair on the lower nose still present.
Dimensions: Width 29 inches
Hung above the door to Buffalo Bill's cabin in the mountains until he died and later was moved to hang behind the desk of the Irma Hotel in Cody. It was accepted by Dick Frost as payment for appraising Irma's estate upon her death. It was acquired by Forrest Fenn from his son Ned Frost who was the director and curator of the Buffalo Bill Museum at the time.
Hanson, James A., Spirits in the Arts: From the Plains and Soutwest Indian Cultures, The Lowell Press, Kansas City, 1994, pp 14
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