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sand painting depicting a clown
  • Emma Yazzie
  • sand painting depicting a clown, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, sand, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 20.5 x 10.5 x 1 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/16 x 4 1/8 x 3/8 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7027

The rectangular sand painting is on particle board. It has a light tan field with single figure that appears to be dancing, his left right arm and leg raised. He wears a cone-like mask in brown and dark blue with two black and white stylized feathers on his head. He wears a long-sleeved shirt in dark blue with brown stripes and brown trousers with dark blue detail. There is a grey ruff at his neck, on each bicep and knee. He has a grey four-legged animal at his waist. His left hand holds greenery and his right holds a light brown object.