SOLD Sandpainting - Male Shootingway Navajo Weaving : Historic : GHT 2023


This sandpainting is taken from the Male Shootingway Ceremony and in it we see the central figure, Monster Slayer.  Monster Slayer was the first-born of the Hero Twins who are key to the Navajo religion.  Firstborn, Monster Slayer, was also known as Slayer-of-alien-gods, because he had subdued the monsters and mad earth safe and useful for humans. 

He is portrayed here wearing an armor made of flint (the diagonal lines), the points indicate that this suit covered his whole body - front and back. The armor was given to him by his father, The Sun, to protect him from the evil he would have to fight. In his hands and at his feet are ziz-zag arrows representing lightning.  The arrows across his body represent weapons at his disposal which he can handle with impunity.  

Surrounded on all sides by protective rainbow bars and by at the top and bottom by guardian Eagles.  The unusual arrows without arrowheads represent "spent" arrows - those which have already been used.  

This weaving was featured in our Woven Holy People exhibit. To see the program guide, click here. A new tab will open. 

This is an exceptional hand-spun piece in both quality and story. The black wool has been has been shorn from the belly of lambs less than a year old, and then hand-carded and hand-spun.  

It's been said by Navajo weavers, "If you like a piece it's not because you like it, it's because IT has chosen you."

Close your eyes. Can you see this piece on a wall in your home or office? If so, you may have been chosen to be this weaving's forever home. Let us help this vision become a reality.

Style Sandpainting
Weaver Unknown Navajo
Date circa 1930s
Size 31 1/2″ x 51″ (.800M x 1.29M)
Item # GHT 2023
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Type: Sandpainting

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