Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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sand painting
  • Henry A. Begay
    active: United States
  • sand painting, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • sand, pigments, glue, particle board
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 11 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5089

The square sandpainting is affixed to a substrate. It has a light brown field. The single figure in the center is standing with its arms bent at shoulder level. He has a pink body and a rectangular yellow head. He has a stylized headdress of two brown lines, a brown triangle and a white triangle. The facial feature are indicated with black lines and the long neck has horizontal black lines. He has a black "X" across his shoulders and two vertical lines below. He has red hands and jagged light brown lines below each hand and straight lines from each elbow and wrist. He wears a short brown skirt with a yellow sun. His stylized sash is in white, orange and red. The triangular feet are orange with dark brown lines. There are clusters of four orange arrows in each of the bottom corners. There is a vertical row of red-brown, light blue and yellow near the edge of the board.