Box

Box

2010
Artist
Debra Box, Southern Ute, American, 1956 -
Work Locations: Colorado
Culture
Ute or southern
Country
United States
parfleche, box
Cowhide, pigment, and wool
Native Arts acquisition funds
2010.497

Debra Box (Southern Ute), Box, 2010. Cowhide, pigment, wool; 10½ x 20 x 13 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 2010.497

Dimensions
height: 10.5 in, 26.6700 cm; width: 20 in, 50.8000 cm; depth: 13 in, 33.0200 cm
Inscription
signed on underside, in ink "Debra K. Box Nov. 2010"
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
A modern version of an old form, this box was created specifically for the Denver Art Museum. Debra Box explains that she chose blue for mountain slopes and predatory animals such as grizzly bear, wolf, and coyote; red to symbolize spring, the basins, and the weasel’s domain; and yellow for summer or the mountain lion’s domain. The black outline represents winter and the rattlesnake’s domain and the white background the sky and the eagle’s domain.