A Navajo painted memory aide
Lot 4008
A Navajo painted memory aide
Sold for US$ 2,125 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Navajo painted memory aide
Painted on muslin and depicting an array of images designed to aid in the performance of a healing rite, showing Yei figures, an anthropomorphic sun and moon, snakes, cornstalks and prayer sticks.
length 17in, width 33 1/2in

Footnotes

  • A MEMORY AID FROM A NAVAJO CHANTER'S BUNDLE

    Sometimes referred to as "muslins" after the trade cloth they are painted on. Variations in Navajo sandpaintings and prayersticks number in the hundreds and though it is preferred that a Singer knows the ones he uses perfectly, some Chanters resort to memory aids. A mistake in a painting or prayerstick offering could be dangerous for the One-Sung-over, or patient. This muslin depicts a variety of images, the Sun and Moon clothed in snakes, two Yei figures, and prayerstick combinations that may all be representative of the Windway Chant. Prayersticks of this type are sacrificially deposited in various places by the One-Sung-Over at the direction of the Chanter.

    Provenance:
    Richard Corrow Collection, Apache Junction, Arizona
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