BIG THUNDER - RARE APPRAISED Navajo medicine family sandpainting memory blanket
BIG THUNDER - RARE APPRAISED Navajo medicine family sandpainting memory blanket :
Ascension of Big Thunderfrom the Hathale Family Collection Big Thunder is the voice of Father Sky. Big Thunder is supported by Female Lightning at it's base. It's feet are clouds creating Male Lightning. Rain falls from big Thunders arms along with Female Lightning.Big Thunder has the body of a bird with Sun Dogs (guardians of Rainbow Warrior) surroundingthe Thunders of the four seasons and four elements. Rain pours out its tale creating thunder and wind. Holy Boy was brought before Big Thunder for further instruction after disobeying the Sun's directions for living with the Holy People. Big Thunder is cast during the Shooting Chantfor healing someone injured during a thunderstorm or that has been emotionally traumatized, both signs of evil. A section of tree struck or 'charged' by lightning may play a significant role in the ceremony. (4 FEET X 8 FEET)!!! - acrylic on earth pigmented natural cotton muslin - This beautifuly hand painted image of 'Big Thunder' from the Navajo Shooting Way and Lightning Way Chants is a one of a kind memory aid exclusively created by Dennis Hathale as taught to him by his father the late medicine man Roger Hathale. The Hathale family is unique in their creation of the family memory blankets in order to preserve detailed images of authentic sand paintings created during Navajo ceremonial traditions. Very rare and 1 of a kind. No more of these family heirlooms are being made. This painting was painted in the late 1980's. Museum archived in the 4 Corners USA for many years. Never displayed or framed and in like new condition!!! Blanket is mounted on foam board and wrinkle or blemish free. Unsigned by Navajo artist Dennis Hathale. Gaurenteed %100 authentic. This painting ships carefully rolled on a tube backed with a plastic mat and protective no acid tissue to protect from moisture and wrinkling. Then, carefully contained in an insured shipping box. The painting has some natural wrinkling because of its' size (see photo details) but is otherwise in EXCELLENT!!! condition. Unique for size and detail amongst all known Hathale family memory blankets making it a rare museum quality candidate. This 'picture writing' has been appraised by Santa Fe, NM appraiser Joshua Baer & Company at a Fair Market value of $15,000. A paper printed and digital CD of the appraisal are included with the shipping. a quote from the appraisal.... "The picture writing’s unusually large size—96 inches long by 48 inches wide—combined with its immaculate condition make it a candidate for the finest known picture writing made by a member of the Hathale Family. Replacing this picture writing with a comparable example would be impossible.There are no other known examples of Hathale Family picture writings made on this scale. If the Large Picture Writing of Big Thunder by Dennis Hathale, Navajo, circa 1990, appraised herein, was in either of the collections of Navajo picture writings at the Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC; or at the Peabody Essex Museum in Peabody, Massachusetts, it would be recognized by collectors and scholars as a unique masterpiece of Navajo pictorial art".