Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance wand
  • unknown Southwestern Native American maker
  • dance wand, late 1800s–1986
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, pigment, string, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 9.5 x 1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of Fifi White
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5900

Flat piece of wood, cut into a rectangle with a narrow triangle at one end. The triangle is black, the rectangle is light colored, with a small "T" shaped cutout in the center. Black marks at top and bottom. Two holes at top with a bit of string through each.

Side one: Human-like figure above, inverted, with a brown head and dark blue body. The arms resemble birdwings in pink and dark blue with jagged lines under each. Human-like figure below the cutout with a square brown head and dark blue body, apparently wearing a skirt or kilt with sash.jagged lines between figures' hands.

Side two: Light colored field and a human-like figure above the cutout in dark blue, arms and legs both bent, possible indication of ribs. The figure below the cutout appears to be a light brown lizard.