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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW MEXICO COLLECTION

Large Navajo Pictorial Rug
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
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147

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE NEW MEXICO COLLECTION

Large Navajo Pictorial Rug
Estimate
20,00030,000
LOT SOLD. 25,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Large Navajo Pictorial Rug
woven in handspun wool, in natural and aniline colors, with a sand painting motif, probably a representation of the Male Shootingway Chant, with four trapezoidal elements trimmed with feather designs, representing the night sky, three enclosing pairs of birds and one with a depiction of the milky-way, enclosing four circular figures with horns, representing sun, moon, black and yellow wind, surmounted by rainbow bars, the lower edge with additional symbols.   
88 1/2 in. by 85 1/2 in.
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Provenance

Bert Robertson Collection

Acquired in 1956 by the present owners from the above

Catalogue Note

In written correspondence from Mr. Robinson, author of Basket Weavers of Arizona: "This sand painting is known as the night and day sandpainting. It was made by a member of the To Do' Kagy clan (meaning bitter water). This sand painting is used principally when a patient is subject to bad dreams..."

For a related example woven by Hosteen Klah and identified as "The Skies" from the Male Shootingway Chant, see Tyrone Campbell and Kate and Joel Kopp, Navajo Pictorial Weaving, 1991, p. 106. For a discussion of the Male Shootingway Chant see Gladys A. Reichard, 1939, Navajo Medicine Man Sandpaintings, pp. 43-44.

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