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Sun and Rain Gourd Mask


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“Thanks to my great-grandfather, (although we were poor) we had our people’s culture. I got to know my heritage. It’s part of me. I couldn’t be an artist (or even me) without it.” So says David K John, a much-honored Navajo painter.

This appealing gourd mask is a different medium for this prominent painter. It continues his depictions of Navajo lore, in a modern, creative way.

It is a stylized representation of a Ye’i, a benevolent Navajo spirit, who is an intermediary with the heavens.

With two halves in different colors, the Ye’i face represents the balance of nature – a Navajo ideal – with sun and earth on one side, and sky and water on the other.

Yellow for the sun, ruddy tan for the earth, while the water and sky are blue. Dark blue circles represent raindrops, while two wavy white lines symbolize streams.

The gourd has areas covered with painters’ sand, to achieve the nubbly texture which adds interest and a certain other-worldly effect to the piece.

Natural parrot and turkey feathers adorn the top, just like the real Ye’i mask.

This rotund and decorative Ye’i will bring sunshine and rain, night and day, in all seasons, in just the right amounts to help you achieve good health, happiness, and prosperity.

Ready to hang on your wall.

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Acrylic Paint, Natural Feathers, Natural Gourd, Painters' Sand


5 1/8" Diameter | 6 3/4" W with Feathers