SOLD Sandpainting - Guardian Snake : Historic : GHT 2223

Sandpaintings from holy ceremonies were never reproduced by weaving until a powerful medicine man realized the need to preserve this precious part of the Navajo culture. Skillfully created, the weavings are filled with meaning.

This weaving is a very early example of a sandpainting. The weaver intentionally created what is known as a "Spiderwoman hole" at the top of the head of the black Yei on the left. There are two black Yeis (Big SnakeMan). There are two highly spiritual white snake guards (Big SnakeWoman) holding large white rattlesnakes. In the center of the design we see two lizards, a coiled snake, a sheep, and a bow and arrow. There are many section/pause/lazy lines in this piece.

This weaving measures 5'6" x 3'3" and was likely woven in the Nazlini area as the pink dye comes from the prickly pear cactus. The green and brown are also natural dyes. All wool was hand-carded, hand-spun, and hand-dyed.

This piece was featured in our Woven Holy People gallery exhibit.  To see the exhibit guide, click here

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 1900
Size 5′6″ x 3’3″ (1.67M  x .99M)
Item # GHT 2223
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A unique blend of history, Native American culture and storytelling make these weavings an art like no other.

To be showcased on your walls or grace your floors, this functional heirloom is one-of-a-kind piece of history that took 100's of hours to create and will last many lifetimes. We'd love to tell you more about it!

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Type: Sandpainting


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