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Event History :
- 2017 August Auction (sold $3,360)
Signed l/r: Rock Newcomb ©
This painting features a Navajo wedding basket, an Acoma olla, grapes and gourds. The basket design is viewed by Navajos as a map by which to chart their lives. It represents origination, birth, darkness, struggle, pain, marriage, enlightenment, the spirit world and a pathway to the light. During ceremonies the pathway line is always pointed east. The last coil on the basket rim is finished off at the pathway to allow the medicine man to easily locate it in the darkness. The modern Acoma olla features designs known as “old style” because of the macaws and rainbow. These motifs came into prominent use in the 1880s. Macaws, traded from as far as Guatamala [sic] since at least the 1100s, were desired for their colorful feathers, used for ceremonies, prayer sticks and personal adornment. The rainbow pattern is an appeal/prayer for moisture.