Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist (#23)

Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist
Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist
Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist
Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist (#23)

Butterfly Ceremonial Basket, unknown artist (#23)

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Forty-some-odd years ago, this butterfly basket was carefully woven by an unknown artist. The design depicts the close association Navajo people have with butterflies and creation stories. Butterflies symbolize a life lived along the pollen path, upward movement, and personal development. The ceremonial center depicts the beginnings of the Navajo universe, family, and beneficial boundaries. Every once in a while, we get a piece from a private collection. This wonderful basket was residing in New Mexico, where it acquired a gorgeous Sol tan. The golden patina sets off the multitude of butterflies in a rich, appealing manner.


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Butterfly in Navajo Traditional Stories

Butterfly: Due to the natural beauty of its wings, Butterfly is often considered vain. Yet, in Navajo mythology, Butterfly brings the sacred flint to the hooves of the horse. In the legend of the diety, Butterfly Boy was cured of his vanity by being lightning struck with the axe of Rain Boy. After that, his head opened up and out of it came the butterflies of the world. The perishable dust of Butterfly's wings is sometimes thought to prove that such beauty is usually not durable.

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Navajo Basketry

Basketry is a woman's industry, which is also pursued by the nadle (he changes), hermaphrodites, or men skilled in the arts and industries of both men and women. Basketry, however, is not classified with textile fabrics (yistl'o), but with sewing (nalkhad). It is of interest also that, while the basket is in progress, the sewer is untouched and avoided by the members of her family?

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