Sand Paintings

Highly conventionalized ceremonial designs in a limited number of colors, composed of sand and other natural materials such as minerals or pollen. They are created or used in relgious rituals by various groups, including Navajo, Pueblo, and Zuni in North America, Australian Aborigines, and Tibetans, Japanese, and Hindus.

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29579
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sand paintings American English
sand painting American English
altar, sand American English
altars, sand American English
dry painting American English
dry paintings American English
earth picture American English
earth pictures American English
ground painting American English
ground paintings American English
mosaic, sand American English
mosaics, sand American English
painting, dry American English
painting, ground American English
painting, sand American English
paintings, dry American English
paintings, ground American English
paintings, sand American English
picture, earth American English
pictures, earth American English
sand altar American English
sand altars American English
sand mosaic American English
sand mosaics American English
sandpainting American English
sandpaintings American English
sand-paintings British English
sand-painting British English
zandschilderingen Dutch
zandschildering Dutch
zandtapijten Dutch
pinturas de arena Spanish
pintura de arena Spanish
dibujo de arena Spanish

More Definitions

Designs created by pouring colored sands, powdered pigments from minerals or crystals, or pigments from other natural or synthetic sources onto a surface to make a fixed or unfixed image. They are often made on the ground or the floor rather than on a separate support. Unfixed sand paintings are created or used in religious and healing rituals by various groups, including Navajo, Pueblo, and Zuni in North America, Australian Aborigines, Tibetans, Japanese, and Hindus in various nations. Sand paintings may be fixed, often with works of relatively small size for sale to the tourist trade.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300262832. The J. Paul Getty Trust.