1970s Navajo Sand Painting, american folk art
1970s Navajo Sand Painting. Vintage Colorful Navajo Sand Art, Native American Folk Art. A beautifully hand crafted work of sand art. The image seems to be created by using coloured sand. The frame is teak with a hessian fabric surround. An interesting little fellow/ shaman to conjure up some magic in your home
Sand paintings are hand crafted by Navajo people in northern Arizona and New Mexico, using natural sand and ground sandstone. The designs used in the art are of a culturally and spiritually important nature. Sand paintings are sometimes used in healing ceremonies, and to recall historical facts and important stories.
According to Americana there are 2 forms of Navajo sandpaintings. One for healing /blessing ceremony and the other to create art for the public.
In the ceremony, the Navajo word for Sand Painting is "iikaah" (ee-EE-kah), translated to "place where gods come and go". The sandpainting acts to summon the forces, which help restore "hozho" an idea relating to concepts of beauty, blessing, holy and balance.
The reproductions of the ceremonial sandpainting use plywood or particle board, covered with glue and colored sand or crushed rock is the placed on top of the glue layer. This technique dates back to the 1930s.