Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow

20th century



Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), San Ildefonso, 2/1/1898-5/1955
Born: San Ildefonso pueblo



Object Info

Object: painting
Not currently on view
Object ID: 1932.214


Watercolor on paper


Gift of Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace

More Info


height: 10 3/4 in, 27.305 cm; width: 13 7/8 in, 35.2425 cm; mat height: 14 1/4 in, 36.195 cm; mat width: 19 1/4 in, 48.895 cm


Native Arts


Native Arts-American Indian Art

Known Provenance

Gifted 1932 by Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace to the Denver Art Museum


Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal) (San Ildefonso), Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow, 20th century. Watercolor on paper; 10¾ x 13⅞ in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Anne Evans and Mary Kent Wallace, 1932.214


"Awa Tsireh," bottom right

Extended Info

Awa Tsireh, also known as Alfonso Roybal, was one of the most influential San Ildefonso painters in the 20th century. He is known for his use of vibrant colors and precision in his painting, both of which are evident in Pair of Skunks Beneath a Rainbow. In many of his paintings on paper, Awa Tsireh separated elements of the earth and sky by a rainbow. Note the skunks, which are creatures that live on earth, under the rainbow. The clouds and sun, which reside in the sky, are painted above the rainbow.