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sand painting depicting a Yeibechai
  • Rosabelle Ben
    active: United States
  • sand painting depicting a Yeibechai, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, sand, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5822
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Rectangular panel with a depiction of a heavily ornamented Yeibechai figure. Human-like figure with a square white head with black and white feathers on top. He is wearing light blue earrings with red ends. Brown arms are held wide and there are vertical yellow lines below each wrist and elbow, each with two pair of black and white feathers and a red triangle at bottom with black and white detail. Brown body has offset white triangle and three thin black zigzags between. He wears a blue-green skirt with yellow and black on facing left and grey triangles with red detail on facing right. White diamond in center. White sash with black and white feathers on either side. Red fox on facing left side of sash. Brown legs decorated with white dots and lines. Red triangles with black and white detail for feet and yellow semicircles. Figure stands above a horizontal blue-green line and red line. Pair of black and white feathers at either end. Light brown field.