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Catalog Number 1967.019
Description Indian Child with Bedindle Whorl by Lavinia B. Hill, c. 1920-1967. Oil on redwood. Image depicts American Indian woman of a San Diego tribe. She is wearing a long-sleeved red dress with white flecks and is barefoot. She is seated, on the ground with her left knee raised. In her hands she holds a spinning whorl. Image is painted directly onto an oval piece of redwood. A clear layer of varnish covers the entire front.
Object Name Painting
Collection 3D - Art
Title Indian Child with Bedindle Whorl by Lavinia B. Hill, c. 1920-1967
Date pre-1967
Species Painting
Creator Lavinia B. Hill
Role Artist
Inscription Text "Lavinia B. Hill" (signed in black paint at front bottom left below figure's right leg)
Provenance Given to donor by Grandfather Charles Valle of San Diego. He was a physician who treated Indians and Mexicans free of charge and received the plaque from an Indian. Donor called it "Little Brown Jug" for song sung around it in childhood.
Thomas Hill Family . Lavina B. Hill, married to Edward Rufus Hill, son of Thomas.
Dimensions H-8 W-6 D-1 inches
Medium Oil Paint
Search Terms Art
Hill, Lavinia
Indians - California
Subjects Art
Indians of North America
Indigenous peoples
People Hill, Lavinia B.