Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow 'King of the Maquas'

Portrait of Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow

Christianized ‘Brant’, this young man died shortly after returning to North America. His dodem is the Bear. The artist (John Verelst) was obviously intrigued by his tattoos, which he painted in great detail. Brant was the grandfather of Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), the famous Mohawk leader and general who assisted the British in the American Revolution and in their continuing struggles with France.

John Verelst (ca. 1648-1734)
c. 1710
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