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sand painting depicting sun and eagle
  • Irene Tsosie
  • sand painting depicting sun and eagle, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, sand, pigment
  • Frame Dimensions: 33 x 33 x 2 cm
    Frame Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 13/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7026

The square sand painting is on particle board. It has a light tan field with a dark grey circle in the center with three triangles to indicate eyes and a mouth. There is a dark yellow stick figure in place of the nose. There is a red, white, and green zigzag on either cheek and a short black horn on either side of the head with a white zigzag and small stylized feathers. Five black and white stylized feathers are at the top of the head and five brown and black stylized feathers are on the bottom of the head.

The painting has a dark brown wood frame.

This design is used for healing a sick child.