Here we have a framed Navajo sand painting representing the four directions. Called "dry paintings" by the Navajo, this form is part of sacred religious ceremony that is often associated with healing. From a website about this sacred ceremony, "the Shaman 'paints' by letting colored sand fall carefully through his fingers onto the ground, creating holy symbols and holy figures that are believed to heal. After the sand painting is complete, a person who is suffering an illness or issue is asked to sit on the painting while the medicine man recites healing chants.... Traditionally, outsiders are rarely invited by the shaman to attend the sand painting ceremony due to its holy nature. The paintings are quickly destroyed after use as the image is believed to be sacred and temporal (temporary)." Today, many Navajos create "sandpaintings" with colored sand on glue-covered particleboard, a technique dating to the 1930s when E. George de Ville and his wife Mae Allendale, introduced the practice in Gallup, New Mexico. This particular sand painting dates to the 1980s, and shows symbols of frogs or toads in four directions and between each one is another symbol--wheat, corn, beans, and what appears to be a stylized deer representing meat. The toads are harbingers of water and fertility; hence, life. A great piece for the person interested in Navajo culture and a powerful message of the reliance of water and nature in providing food and sustaining life.
The sand painting is done on particle board and measures about 16" square, and then with the not-too-thick wood frame is closer to about 17-3/8" square. There may be small spots on the sand paintings that are ever so slightly darker than the rest, but they are overall in good vintage condition.
Fabulous piece for any Southwestern home.
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