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This original watercolor painting was created at Mesa Verde national Monument. I sat in the ruins of Spruce Tree House, painting the view down the canyon and the kiva before me.

The ancient puebloan people of the southwest a thousand years ago built incredible stone villages, often tucked into inaccessible ledges of cliff walls. They are called the cliff dwellers.

The kiva was an underground room, a meeting space for refuge and ritual. Originally a sturdy roof would have covered the kiva, paved over as part of the patio above. People entered the kiva through a doorway hole in the roof, down a wooden ladder into the round room beneath. A firepit, with a cleverly engineered ventillation shaft and deflector stone, provided light and heat in the cold winter months.

In the floor of the kiva is a small hole in the floor, the sipapu. It is believed that a sipapu symbolizes the place of emergence, where legendary ancestors climbed up from the third world into the world in which we walk today.

"Kiva, Spruce Tree House" is an original watercolor painted on location in Colorado USA, image size 14 inches wide x 20 inches tall on Arches handmade 140 lb. paper. The painting is enhanced with fine pen and ink work, chalk and charcoal.

It is a tribute to the puebloan peoples, the ancestors and the tribes of today.

This painting is safely shipped in a secure, flat box. It is mailed to you by first class postage, and may require up to 3 business days to ship out. If you require earlier shipment, please convo me first. I take the utmost care in packing your purchases so that they arrive safely and in pristine condition.

If you are sending this to someone as a gift, I am glad to include a gift note with your personal message. Just let me know what you would like to say. I can also mat and frame the painting for an additional fee. If you are interested in this service, please convo me.

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Kiva, Spruce Tree House Cliff Dwelling Mesa Verde original watercolor

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: watercolor, pen and ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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