The wyfe of an Herowan of Secotan

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Title

The wyfe of an Herowan of Secotan

Description

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.

Creator

John White

Source

The British Museum

Date

ca. 1585

Format

Watercolor

Coverage

sixteenth century
North Carolina
Virginia

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Watercolor on graphite

Physical Dimensions

10.25" x 5.5"

Files

1906,0509.1.18.jpg

Citation

John White, “The wyfe of an Herowan of Secotan,” Virginia Indian Archive, accessed August 5, 2021, https://virginiaindianarchive.org/items/show/168.

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