Navajo Pottery, Bear and Basket Sandpainting - Eugene B. Joe (#08)
Frame: 25 1/2" x 29 1/2"
Sandpainting: 15 1/2" x 19 1/2"
Eugene “Baatsoslanii" Joe is one of the all-time great Navajo sand painters. Early in his career he developed an intricate, contemporary style that distinguished him from all the others and spawned many copycats. Eugene’s work, however, is the standard. Carved pottery, Navajo ceremonial baskets, fetish animals and bits of natural gem grade turquoise are surrounded by complex butterflies, dancing Kokopelli’s and other finely detailed motifs. Eugene is the best.
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About the artist:
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The gods' sandpaintings are kept on deerskin or on sheets of sky or naska rather than being made new in sand each time. The picture cannot be given in this form to men who are not as "good" as the gods; "They might quarrel over the picture and tear it, and that would bring misfortune; the black cloud would not come again, the rain would not fall; the corn would not grow."? More about this legend