Navajo Woman

Copied Johnson Antonio, Navajo Woman, 1986, carved and painted cottonwood, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak, 1987.62

Artwork Details

Navajo Woman
13 383 123 in. ( cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak
Mediums Description
carved and painted cottonwood
  • Indian — Navajo
Object Number

Artwork Description

Johnson Antonio carves Navajo figures from cottonwood, using an axe to form a rough shape, and a pocketknife to create the detail. He paints the surface with house paint, watercolors, and dleesh, a fragile white clay used by the Navajos to paint their bodies, and sometimes adds real animal hair or horns (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990). In Navajo Woman and Rabbit Hunter the rough surfaces reflect the harshness of survival on the slopes of New Mexico's Bisti hills.

Luce Object Quote
"My children didn't have toys to play with, so I found a piece of wood and started cutting and shaping it." Johnson Antonio, AARP Magazine, 1992