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David K. John Glass Mask Yei From The East


Item Number: DR 3145
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: David K John
Medium: Glass, sterling silver and gold leaf
Age: 2019
Dimensions: 20” x 15” x 6”
comes mounted on a detachable metal frame for display


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Masks are reminiscent of carved wood masks that are used by the Navajo in religious ceremonies.  In this fabulous glass mask, the color white represents East.  The symbols are taken from old petroglyph designs.  The touches of silver represent the now and the future – the old and the new.

There’s a corn symbol for the significance of corn in the lives of the Navajo. The spiral design represents emergence from the lower world.  The four directions are represented by the four silver inserts.  The number four is very important in Navajo culture and is represents in not only the directions, but the seasons, as well as the periods of life. The gold leaf and silver would represent the Fourth World which is where are now in life. We call it “The Glitter World”,

“This mask is cast glass with silver enhancements and etchings. It was cast from one of my original clay masks into glass.  The proves is similar to doing a bronze, but using glass. It’s a standing piece supported on a metal stand. You could put a light behind it and see through it. Art is always evolving and changing. The process of creating this mask represents this change.” – David K John

Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist.