Object photography

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Object description

  • DinĂ© (Navajo) artist
  • Blanket, 1890-1910
  • Wool
  • 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
  • E37255
  • 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.

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997