1870's Native American Yuma / Quechan Indian Cabinet Card Photo By Bonine #1 For SaleRare, original, 1870's, Albumen Oversize Cabinet Card Photograph of a beautiful, young, Native American, Yuma / Quechan Indian Woman with a wonderful basket on her head. This outstanding, period, Card Mount Photograph measures approx. 4 1/4” by 6 7/8” and is mounted on its original Card Mount (overall size is 4 1/2” by 7 1/4”). Although the individual subject in not identified, an imprint on the card mount identifies the Image as being from the series titled "Yuma Indians, Arizona" Los Angeles, California photographer Elias A. Bonine. The back of the card mount has an allover, printed mark of the photographer with advertising text. The image is numbered within the negative with the number "56" (likely the photographer's catalog number).
The Image features a beautiful, young, bare breasted Yuma Woman wearing an elaborately patterned, fabric skirt and with extensive facial tattooing. Atop her head she balances a wonderfully decorated, woven basket. The Cabinet Card offered here is among the earliest examples of the Photographs produced by Bonine for sale to the public.
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Elias Bonine was one of three brothers, all of whom were photographers. Moving to California in 1876, he traveled throughout the state and photographed in remote areas, using his tent as both home and darkroom. He subsequently settled in Lamanda Park, near Pasadena. Bonine was one of the most prolific photographers of Native American portraits in the Cabinet Card format. Unlike the earlier work of government survey photographers or of early anthropologists who used photography as field research, Bonine's images were made for public audience increasingly enthralled by native subjects. His several trips to Arizona in the 1870s and 1880s produced hundreds of portraits of members of the Yuman tribes, including Maricopas.
The Quechan (or Yuma as they were more popularly known) were much photographed by Elias A. Bonine (1843-1916), a photographer from Pasadena, California. Although the Yuma were generally regarded as a peaceful people, they were, when necessary, ferocious in battle. The Quechan / Yuma, who were known as strong distance runners and excellent survivors in the desert Environment. They were used by General Crook in the pursuit of the Apache during Geronimo’s War in the 1880’s.
This rare and wonderful, Native American Indian, Boudoir / Oversize Cabinet Card Photograph is in excellent condition. The Photograph exhibits sharp focus, strong contrast and rich, warm tonality. Both the Photograph and the card mount are generally clean and crisp and exceptionally well preserved .
A very rare and very beautiful, 1870’s, Oversize Albumen Cabinet Card Photo of a Native American Yuma Indian Woman by Elias A. Bonine and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
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