Etching on plastic of an all Indian Rodeo coming to Boise, Idaho.
When the art experts tells me that this bronze of Russell's that I own is too new of a bronze piece to have been done by him, I'm sure most of y'all know exactly what I would like to tell them. Well anyway, I'll tell ya'all, this Indian Medallion was made by CMR, Charles Marian Russell, just like it reads from its back side. I'd guess in the year of 1896 or maybe even before that, since that is considered his 96 and before signature. Let's just say Russell ordered 35 of these O'l Medicine Man Indians from the Romans Bronze Foundry in NYC. We all pretty much know what the majority of people working there and running that Foundry thought of Native American Indians at that time.
As most who see this masterful work of art for the first time, most who understand can see for themselves it has not one mark of its Foundry who made it. My Medallion happens to be 18 of the 35 because it says so right on its edge. Now you ask yourselves,... who the hell would you think that would order thirty-five of these bronzes pieces with C M R on its back-side and without ever a fake Foundry mark to be seen? Not any dishonest frigging ass copying fool that I've heard of. I'm asking ya'all to just use your noggins and think about it. Thirty-five were made by someone who had a good use for them,... for back at that time period we'd all have to admit that would have been a pretty hard sell if you tried to find that many buyers.
Let us alol just imagine these weren't order to be sold but to be given away by Russell himself. Let us imagine that Russell being a friend and a blood-brother to the Chief of the Blackfeet that he had at least thirty five good white friend that were trappers and mountain men who were also friends of the Native Americans. Quite possibly Russell who loved the Indians figure his friends could use this medallion as a pass through all Indian lands. Back then it was know throughout the Native American Tribes that a friend of Charlie Russell's was more than likely a friend of the Indians.