Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • Goddess, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • plaster, paper, sand, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 40.5 x 16.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 15 15/16 x 6 1/2 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5821

Rectangular panel with a depiction of a Yei figure, identified as the Goddess. Yellow field. Elongated figure with triangular dress and square head. Light brown head, neck and body. Yellow arms spread wide and yellow legs. White feather on top of head. Vertical light brown lines under each wrist and elbow. Stacked shaped at bottom of dress: black triangle, white diamond, yellow diamond, red-brown triangle. Black and white triangles at either side with red-brown and black detail. Black and red-brown feet. Rectangle with white an red-brown chevrons, offset at center, to facing right of body. Small figure to proper left, resembles a fish.