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Preparing for the Confrontation
by Z. S. Liang
Ritual plays a dominant role in the life of a Plains warrior and ZS Liang’s Preparing for the Confrontation is a masterpiece of detail depicting their preparations for battle.
In the summer of 1830 these Piegan Blackfeet warriors tracked, across the Montana Territory, a group of Crow raiders who had stolen horses from these Piegan’s home encampment. In Liang’s painting, the early-morning mist that had cloaked their presence melts away declaring that the time for battle has come.
The warrior leader uses mountain lion’s pelt as a saddle blanket on his horse and as a sign of his power. His war shirt carries the stories of his acts of bravery; killing a bear by hand, three rifles taken from enemies and battles in which he has been victorious. A wolf fang is woven into the
All these men wear powerful bear claw necklaces and eagle-feather headdresses. They paint their faces and war medicine signs on their horses, both for protection from harm and for success in the impending battle. To the far right a warrior is placing a medicine mask upon his horse to
|Available in the following editions||Signed by the artist|
|Edition size:||35||Giclée on canvas||Image size: 20" x 30"||$595|
|10||Giclée on canvas - Masterworks ed.||Image size: 27" x 40"||$950|
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