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sand painting
  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • sand painting, late 1800s–1979
  • Where object was made: Arizona or New Mexico, United States
  • sand, wood
  • Object Height/Width: 28 x 35.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 11 x 14 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5827
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Light brown field. Collection of images.

Center has a circular face with red in the facing left upper quadrant, and yellow in the facing right upper quadrant. Black horns on either side. Two thick blue wavy lines below.

Orange rectangle with a yellow band with three stepped triangles in red. Orange fringe at one end of rectangle.

Large black and white feather with a light blue dot to the facing left of the face. Small yellow pot with black detail at neck and on bottom to facing left of feather.

Very wide inverted "V" in orange with lignt blue detail above face. Facing left top side has a stepped border, decorated with black and whtie feathers. Facing right upper border has a brown triangle with white rounded "W" and blue rounded "W." Irregular brown shape beside triangle has a white triangle with red rays in side, and green and light green stripes at base. Triangular tip of irregular shape is solid orange.

Entire design is oriented on the diagonal axis of the rectangular panel.