Counting Coup

Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) Roman Bronze Works

Object Details

  • 1905
  • Medium:
  • Bronze
  • Dimensions:
  • 11 X 17 3/4 X 12 1/2
  • Accession Number:
  • 1961.116
  • Artwork Credits:
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection

Object Description

Three years after he made this sculpture of a hostile encounter between members of two separate Indian Nations, Russell published a short story on the subject titled “The War Scars of Medicine Whip,” which tells the exploits of these figures. The title Counting Coup refers to the number of times someone has proven superiority over an opponent by getting close enough to strike him with a weapon, or “coupstick.”

This particular bronze is a unique example among the earliest versions of the sculpture. All other known copies show a slightly different composition and far less detail and surface texture.

Location: On View
Part of: Sculptures