"June 25, 1876" Limited edition, Bronze Indian War Sculpture by James Muir available now from Sculpture Collector
"June 25, 1876"
RARE (now available)
Limited Edition 5 of 20
Size . . 27"H
by James Muir
This is a SOLD OUT edition
About the battle of the Little Big Horn in bronze is dedicated to the "Courage" of those Men
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Circumstance or blunder? To some 630 officers and men pitted suddenly against no fewer than 3000 savage Sioux and Cheyenne warriors along the banks of the Little Big Horn, it made little difference. Troopers were paid $13.00 a month to fight Indians, not to question orders or tactics. It could be left to later armchair, self-styled, tacticians to "Kick dead Lions." When lives hang in the balance, the sweaty taste of fear is much more real than theories.
Trapped between treacherous Indians and even more treacherous politicians, the soldier in blue dutifully bore the burden. For 264 men of the 7th U.S. Cavalry, the reward of a grateful nation was as shallow as their battlefield graves; the recognized failure of a pacifist Indian Policy came too late. In combat formation of "Column of Two's" each man covered his side and protected his side and thereby protected his comrade's blind side." The appearance, uniforms, weapons and equipment are exactly as thy most probably were on that day-June 25, 1876.
The men were armed with the 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver in .45 caliber with 24 rounds of ammunition carried in their pockets, or in 12-15 round loops they added to the left side of their cartridge belts (as does the man on the left.) Holsters were still Civil War type. Additionally, they carried the 1873 Springfield Carbine in 45/70 cal. Suspended from a carbine sling by a snap swivel and thrust through a "socket" attached to the off-side girth "D" ring when not in use (as the man on the right.) One hundred rounds were carried on campaign: 40 in issue waist belts converted by the men into cartridge or "prairie belts" and the remaining 60 rounds in the near-side (left) saddle pocket (bag.) All men carried some type of knife for defense, general use, or to dislodge stuck shells from their carbines in heat of battle.
James N. Muir was born in Indianapolis, Indiana 1945. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years and completed his B.S. Degree at Indiana University in 1970. His professional art career as a sculptor began in 1979 and he has continued to be a full-time professional artist for 26 years.
He owned his own bronze casting foundry, Seraph M Fine Art Bronze, from 1982 to 1988 in Sedona, Arizona. He has completed over 100 sculptures to date and his first book "Lanterns Along The Path" was published in 2004.
Allegorical Art is a term Muir uses to describe his art as being filled with symbolic meaning. Bridging the centuries from his historical military subjects to today’s social, political and spiritual commentary, his sculptures speak eloquently of Duty, Honor, Courage, and Justice, but above all, of Truth and the ultimate triumph of the Human Spirit. He has built upon the recognition gained as a historical military sculptor to create an ever-expanding array of artistic commentary exemplifying the highest qualities of man.
Muir's early interest in history and the military was reinforced by his experiences as a West Point cadet and to which he also attributes the cementing of his personal "Code of Honor." Muir’s ever deeper involvement with horses, and his continuing quest for spiritual Truth, finally led him to leave Indiana in 1979 for the freedom and inspiration of the great American West.
He ultimately settled in Sedona, Arizona and there embarked on a full-time career in sculpting, initially specializing in historical subjects. In 1990 he began to expand his work to include contemporary subjects and accepting commissions in lifesize and monumental.
His meticulous attention to detail, coupled with an insightful grasp of the human experience resulted in exquisitely crafted and poignant bronzes. He quickly gained the acclaim of collectors around the country. Some of the public collections Muir’s work resides include the U.S. Cavalry Museum at Fort Riley, Meisler Museum, Bolivar Museum, Gettysburg Battlefield Museum, the Booth Museum in Georgia, Pearce Western Art Museum, Sons of The American Revolution Headquarters, and the Atlanta Historical Society. Many of his sculptures that address today’s contemporary issues can be found in institutions and museums such as: Birkenau Museum in Auschwitz, El Paso Holocaust Museum, St. Louis University, Vanguard University, Paul Harvey News Broadcasting Headquarters, George W. Bush Presidential Library and some of the most prominent private collections in America.
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