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earth and sky
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • earth and sky, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, sand
  • Object Height/Width: 28 x 54 cm
    Object Height/Width: 11 x 21 1/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5826
Label Text

Rectangular panel with depictions of Father Sky and Mother Earth. Red and grey border around three sides, one end has wavy orange lines, the other has black and white feathers.

Facing left side has a design with a rectangular body and three curved lines at top. White body with two black dots. Two black triangular legs, each with two white dots and three black lines at bottom.

Facing left human-like figure, identified as Father Sky, has a white head and neck with a white feather on top. His body, arms and legs are black. White zigzags across shoulders and arms. Body has a solid white circle, a star, a cross and lots of white dots, representing the night sky. Each leg has three white lines. Yellow semicircle below.

Facing right figure, identified as Mother Earth, has a white head and neck with a white feather on top. The arms, legs and body are dark yellow. Concentric orange circles with two wavy lines below. Solid grey circle with white and orange detail and grey rays emanating from either side. Grey zigzagging line below with flourish at each bend. Three white lines on each leg. Black semicircle below with white dots.

Grey bat hanging to the facing right of the figure's head.