Sheila Antonio, a Navajo bead artist, made this with a technique she invented of using metal parts recycled from machines to form the skeletons for the figures she created. This figure is a depiction of Navajo culture, and the details of her work are amazing. Navajo mothers often make fry bread outside over a camp fire. This scene has a beaded mother, kneeling on the ground in front of a beaded grill, wearing traditional Navajo clothes and jewelry. Her two children are either holding fry brad or reaching for it. A beaded coffee pot is set on one side. All the figures have the traditional Navajo hair style. The scene is set on a round base and it is two inches tall (5 cm.).
Sheila Antonio is unique, the only one to do this type of work. She has not been seen in quite a while, so there is some uncertainty about whether she is still alive. A collector is selling her collection of beaded scenes, which were made in the 1990’s, so this is a rare and unique opportunity to purchase them.
This figurine will be sold individually, but there may also be a price for the entire collection. Please contact the shop if you are interested in the whole collection.