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    (1904) Navajo Indian CAPITAN
    Unique Sawyer Bronze Galvano

    (1904) Bronze Galvano, Edward Warren Sawyer, CAPITAN, Navajo Tribe, Ganado, Arizona, Medallic Art Company. Uniface. 125 mm. Circa 1904, this piece was sculpted on Sawyer's first western excursion to Ganado, Arizona. Attractive emerald patina appears on glossy chocolate-brown surfaces. A detailed census of 41 varieties of Sawyer medallions finds no other examples of the Capitan medallion in any private or museum collections.

    A 63-year-old Native American named Capitan appeared in the 1920 Federal Census for St. Michaels, Apache County, Arizona, just under 30 miles from Ganado. While we are unable to confirm that they were the same, it seems likely. Capitan lived with his two wives aged 60 and 30, and his six year old daughter, Grace Capitan. He was a doctor according to that record.
    From Sawyer's Native American Portrait Galvanos.
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