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The Whirling Log
  • Johnnie Dick
    born 1969, active 1977–present
    active: United States
  • The Whirling Log, latest year 1994
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • particle board, sand, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 11 13/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7741

The square of particle board is covered with sand. It has a light brown field and one standing figure with a rectangular head and angular body. The white head has a stylized feather on the top and black slits for the eyes and mouth. He stands with his arms raised to the sides, slightly bent. The body is orange-brown with black lines on his arms and legs and a tan zigzag down his torso with short vertical lines. He wears a black kilt with three tan crosses. He holds two stylized feathers in his proper left hand and a rattle in his proper right. A black line with an orange-brown tassel hangs from each hand and there is a tan line with black detail below each elbow.

There is a portion of a dark brown circle in each bottom corner with orange rays, like a sun. There is a horizontal line in green and in orange with white detail on either side of the figure.