NAVAJO BEADED “TENDING HER SHEEP” BY SHEILA ANTONIO

$250.00

Only 1 left in stock

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 weavers are famous for their Navajo rugs, but the process of making a rug begins with sheep.The sheep must be tended, then sheared, then the wool is carded and spun into yarn. The Navajo woman is herding her sheep with a wooden stick, while her son and his dog accompany her at one side. The scene is set on a round base and it is two and a half inches tall (6 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.