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sand painting of a black bear
  • K. Herman
  • sand painting of a black bear, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • particle board, sand, pigment
  • Object Height/Width: 60.5 x 61 cm
    Object Height/Width: 23 13/16 x 24 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7740

The square of particle board is covered with sand. It has a light brown field. The center figure is a black bear with a red line from the mouth, zigzagging through the torso, sometimes known as a heartline. There is an orange band around the bear's torso that has tan zigzags and rows of dots in vertical rows and a key-like pattern around a blue and black oval at the top. The brown triangle above the bear has three vertical stripes and a zigzag in the field color.

The upper facing left corner has an abstract image, possibly an upside down animal with horns within three concentric arcs. The lower facing left corner has three designs: a bear paw-like design, a spiral with three lines across, and a bolt-like shape. There are clusters of dots around them and the whole is within a border with a straight edge and a zigzagged edge. The upper facing right corner depicts a portion of a standing human figure, perhaps playing a flute with dots emerging fromt the bell. He stands on a stepped border. The lower facing right has the artist's signature.