Object photography

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Object description

  • Joe Ben Jr. (DinĂ© (Navajo), birth 1958)
  • Painting, 1980s
  • Sand on board
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 7 in, W: 7 in (H: 17.8 cm, W: 17.8 cm)
  • Gift of Katrina M. Carye, 2011
  • 2011.29.3

TECHNIQUE

Sand painting

INSCRIPTION

Signed BR "Ben" in red paint.

DESCRIPTION

This work has a black background with a blue square at the center, which is overlaid with a white four-armed cross (the arms are equal in size), which likely symbolizes the four cardinal directions, North, South, East and West. The right side has a white triangle pointing inward with 5 yellow horizontal lines, which corresponds to the East. The bottom has a blue triangle pointed inwards with 5 black vertical lines, which corresponds to the South. The left side has a mustard yellow triangle pointing inward with 5 horizontal lines in white. And, at the top is a black triangle pointing inward with 5 vertical lines in blue.

COPYRIGHT HOLDER

Joe Ben, Jr.