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Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Charlie Willeto
American, 1897–1964

Date

1961

Medium

Wood and paint

Accession #

2000.220

Dimensions

20 x 8 1/2 x 5 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway, Gallery 407

Description

This brightly colored figure was carved by Charlie Willeto, a Navajo medicine man who created innovative wooden figures during the last four years of his life. His work is informed by Navajo sources of figuration, including sand paintings and textile design. This carving is considered one of the finest examples of Willeto’s earliest work, which he completed on his own before beginning a collaboration with his wife. Its light-colored face, horns, markings, and stance suggest a relationship to the spirit world.

Credit

Purchase with funds from the Mattie Lou O'Kelley Endowment

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