University Museums

Title: Cochise
Name: Sculpture
Date: 1981
Medium: Bronze
Dimensions: 32 x 22 x 7 1/2 in. (81.3 x 55.9 x 19.1 cm)
Marks: Foundry mark- Head of a bull and Copyright,198120/75 COCHISE
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of Celia Andrews in memory of Deb Andrews, class of 1976. In the Art on Campus Collection, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Location: Iowa State University, Hamilton Hall
Object Number: u93.2
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Cochise was the chief of the Apache Indians in Arizona in the middle of the 19th century. In 1861, he was accused of stealing cattle and a rancher’s son's kidnapping. The U.S. Army sent Lieutenant George Bascom to arrest Cochise and bring him to justice. Bascom invited Cochise to his tent and arrested him for his alleged crimes. Cochise drew his knife, cut a slash in the tent and escaped. This event started the Apache Wars which spread terror across the Southwest for 25 years. Research shows that Lieutenant Bascom is the 5th cousin to the artist for this work of art, Earl W. Bascom.

The imposing figure depicts Cochise in typical Southwestern Indian attire astride his pony with rifle in hand. Truly the head of his tribe, this bronze shows strength and the true character of the proud Chief and the wildness of the pony.