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Black and copper relief of Chief Joseph.

This copper relief was created by Harold "Pete" Godtland and Ralph Oscar Godtland at their place of business, Western Iron Works. The two, together, tackled the problem of shaping minute detail in thin sheet copper. The two were know for creating copper relief head and shoulder portraits of notable Native Americans. Pete would first model the faces out of clay and would subsequently create molds out of semi-liquid steel. 100 tons of pressure was applied between the molds on the tissue thin copper three separate times to achieve the desired detail.


Copper Relief, Portrait, Artwork

Original Medium



40.6 cm x 30.5 cm


Butte, Montana, United States

Date Information

ca. 1972

Artifact Number


Original Collection

Mike Mansfield Collections, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Holding Repository

University of Montana, Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-- Missoula. Mansfield Library

Image Credit

Image credit: Micaela Connolly, University of Montana

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Copper Relief, Portrait, Artwork

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