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Father Sky
  • David V. Lee
  • Father Sky, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Arizona or New Mexico, United States
  • wood, pigment, sand
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5824
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Rectangular panel. Depiction of a human-like figure, identified as Father Sky, with arms and legs spread white. The figure has a white semicircular head with red and black outline and green earrings. White and black feather on top of head. Grey neck with red detail. Black shoulders and arms with white zigzags. Body has a star and white circle and many white dots, representing the night sky. Black legs each have on "V" and four diagonal lines. Yellow semicircle. Grey and red horizontal lines above and below figure.

The stars, moon and constellations are shown on the body, while the zigzags on shoulders, arms, and legs form the Milky Way.