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Koosa Clowns and Avanyu on a Rainbow over a Female Figure

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José Desiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain God
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: colored ink
  • Size:
    13-1/2” x 21-3/4” image;
    19-5/8” x 27-7/8” framed
  • Item # C3874H
  • Price: $4,000.00

José Disiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain God is best known for his portrayal of the Koshari or Koosa Clowns.  His paintings present traditional pueblo ceremonies and legends in a realistic and symbolic manner, often with added touches of humor.  In this painting, Koosa Clowns are cavorting with Avanyu, who are wrapped around a rainbow. The Avanyu are offering blessings to the Koosa.

 

The Koosa Clowns on the rainbow and those below suggests much joviality in their actions and facial expressions.  The female figure in the center of the painting has the appearance of a Katsina, however, I do not know the explanation for her. The painting is circa 1950s.

 

Artist Signatgure - José Disiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain GodThe painting prevails in excellent detail, small and fine outlines, gesturing figures and a wonderful combination of ritual and humor.  The color palette is beautifully controlled.  This painting of Koosa Clowns and Avanyu on a Rainbow over a Female Figure is certainly one of his most unusual. 

 

Condition: very good

Provenance:

- Prior Tom Bahti collection, a former Tucson, Arizona, dealer and collector.

- Currently in the Charlotte G. Mittler Collection, purchased from a New Orleans dealer in 1993

Recommended Reading: Through Their Eyes—Indian Painting in Santa Fe, 1918-1945 by Michelle McGeough, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, 2009

The clowns on the rainbow and those below suggests much joviality in their actions and facial expressions.

 

José Desiderio (J.D.) Roybal [1922-1978] Oquwa - Rain God
  • Category: Paintings
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: colored ink
  • Size:
    13-1/2” x 21-3/4” image;
    19-5/8” x 27-7/8” framed
  • Item # C3874H
  • Price: $4,000.00

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