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    Artist Name:

    Charlie Willeto

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1897 – 1964

    Title:

    Untitled

    Date:

    1961

    Medium:

    Painted wood carving

    Dimensions:

    20 x 8 1/2 x 5 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the Mattie Lou O'Kelley Endowment

    Accession Number:

    2000.220

    This figure was carved and painted with bright, evocative colors by Charlie Willeto, a Navajo medicine man who created innovative wooden figures during his last four years. 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 entirely on his own before beginning a collaboration with his wife. Its lightcolored face, horns, special markings, and stance suggests its relationship to the spirit world.



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