Cast by Roman Bronze Works
11 x 17 3/4 x 12 1/2 in.
9 estimated lifetime casts
On the upper surface of the base, directly beneath the loins of the horse ridden by the Indian with the tomahawk, approximately 3/4 in. from the outer edge: Copyrighted \ C M Russell \ [skull]
FOUNDRY MARK: On the vertical edge of the base, directly below the right rear leg of the horse ridden by the Indian with the tomahawk, in small capital letters:
ROMAN BRONZE WORKS NY 1905
Directly to the left of the foundry inscription, engraved on the metal: 6
On the underside of the base, in the center, in dark red: #47
Amon G. Carter Collection
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas, Amon G. Carter Collection
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.