- Diné (Navajo) artist
- Blanket, 1890-1910
- Southwestern United States
- H: 51 in, W: 29 in, D: 1/8 in (H: 129.5 cm, W: 73.7 cm, D: .3 cm)
- Gift of Miss Bertha Kenny, 1960
- Nicely balanced overall design
- Size indicative of being made for sale
The central plantlike design is surrounded by vertically stacked black-tipped white triangular shapes that seemingly pop off the red background. The motifs repeat energetically, repetition being a characteristic not only in Diné weaving, but also in stories and prayers. Likely woven with Germantown commercial yarns in a small size (this type of small blanket is commonly referred to as a "child's blanket"), this textile was produced to sell to in an emerging Euroamerican market, and for trade amongst other Native people.
This is a blanket woven of red wool. A vertical, geometric black wool design with white accents decorates the center and is flanked at either side by matching rows of vertical white triangular designs with black corners. There is a short fringe of red, black, white and green wool at each end.
- Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997