Native American Navajo Sand Paintings,Begay,Johnson Old

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  • Sold Date: Aug 04,2009
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Native American Navajo Sand Paintings,Begay,Johnson Old Search
Three Navajo Sand Paintings "Double Yei" by Begay "Healing God" by L. Johnson "Water Creator (?) " by Bryant (?)

I picked these paintings up at a yard sale. Double Yei and Water Creator are 9" x 9" framed. Healing God is 7 1/2" X 4 1/2" framed. They are previously owned and not perfect. "Healing God" looks good. The cork on the back of "Double Yei" has expanded a bit in the upper and lower left hand corner but is not noticeable on the front. "Water Creator" has a few light spots on the upper left of the front. As you can see by the photos, they are not in perfect condition but they are still lovely.

The Navajo word for sandpaintings means "place w the gods come and go." The sandpainting has been used for centuries in religious rituals, including healing ceremonies performed by Navajo medicine men. A sandpainting for a ceremony is made on the ground in the ceremonial hogan and destroyed at the end of the ritual. In order to preserve this long-standing tradition, in the late 1940's Navajos began to create permanent sandpaintings, changing the design slightly to protect the religious significance when these paintings were shown publicly. Pictorial sandpaintings which reflect the Navajo environment and lifestyle are also made. Today sandpaintings are made by slowly trickling sand through the hand onto epoxy-covered particle boards, using sand made from naturally colored crushed rock, stone, and minerals for the different shades and colors. The sandpainting is intended to be hung and has a spot on the back of each frame for hanging.

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