David K. John Mixed Media Wall Plaque


Item Number: DR 3122
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo
Artist: David K. John
Medium: Clay, paint, reeds, feathers, shell, and horsehair
Age: 2019
Dimensions: 25” x 4”


SKU: DR 3122 Categories: , , , , , ,


This is a beautiful single figure 25″ wall plaque reminiscent of a Navajo Yei figure.

The top of the plaque has the representational face, while the bottom of the plaque is carved in a ladder fashion. There are decorative elements of feathers, reeds, and horsehair incorporated within the plaque. The figure wears a small heishi necklace. The mouth piece is raised and open to represent the singing or chanting of the Yei.  The specific colors of the plaque signify the colors with the four directions: yellow-the west, white- the east, turquoise-the south, and black- the north.

David’s grandfather taught him the traditional tales of Navajo lore, and he incorporates these memories in his vibrant work.  His clay wall plaques are filled with Navajo symbolism, and religious and cultural traditions, while the image is modified to the satisfaction of his tribe’s spiritual leaders.

Condition: Excellent – original condition – new
Provenance: Purchased from David

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