Vintage Pueblo Wood Tableta with Cutout Butterfly Design [SOLD]

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Unknown Maker
  • Category: Dance Paraphernalia
  • Origin: Pueblo Indians
  • Medium: wood, pigment
  • Size:
    22” x 14-¼” tablita;
    26-½ tall on stand
  • Item # C4330A
  • SOLD

This very large Pueblo wood dance tablita was made from two panels of wood, probably from a shipping crate.  Older tablitas were made from wood generally salvaged from shipping crates obtained from the local merchants. More modern ones have been made from plywood. This tablita was made in the old fashioned manner.  The two panels were put together down the center of the tablita by drilling holes in each panel and tieing the two together with sinew in four places—at the top of the corn, just below the corn, on the butterfly's face; on the butterfly’s body, and just above the head of the wearer.

The top of the tablita has a corn cutout in the center and cloud stepped elements on the ends.  The prime feature is a cutout butterfly in the center of the panel. Butterflies are considered water creatures and represent rain.  Tablitas are worn by women in pueblo dances which are always pleas for rain.

The panel was painted on the front and back in the same design.  The colors are white, red, blue, black, yellow, and green.  


Condition: the wood is in very good condition. There are some paint abrasions and paint loss

Provenance: this Vintage Pueblo Wood Tableta with Cutout Butterfly Design is from the estate of a former client.

Recommended Reading: Rain: Native Expressions from the American Southwest by Ann Marshall

Relative Links: Dance Paraphernalia

Close up view of a section of this tableta.
Unknown Maker
  • Category: Dance Paraphernalia
  • Origin: Pueblo Indians
  • Medium: wood, pigment
  • Size:
    22” x 14-¼” tablita;
    26-½ tall on stand
  • Item # C4330A
  • SOLD

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