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Mother Earth
  • David V. Lee
  • Mother Earth, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Arizona or New Mexico, United States
  • wood, sand, pigment
  • 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
  • 2007.5825
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Rectangular panel with a human-like figure, identified as Mother Earth. Figure has a white semicircular head with a white feather at top. Red and black outline. Green earrings. Body arms and legs are solid red-orange. Neck is grey and red-orange. Solid black circle with white spokes in center of body. Black circle above with curling black lines. Zigzagging black line below, with a curlicue at end and three lines at each bend. Six grey lines from center black circle. Three parallel white lines on each leg and a black semicircle below. Red and grey horizontal line above and below figure. Light brown field.

The bosom of Mother Earth radiates the life giving energy of the sun bringing fertility to the womb of Mother Earth.