Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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yei rug
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • yei rug, late 1800s–1969
  • Where object was made: Lukachukai?, Arizona, United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 100 x 109.5 cm not including tassles
    Object Length/Width: 39 3/8 x 43 1/8 in not including tassles
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6545

The square rug has a dark yellow field and five yei figures. Each yei figure has an elongated rectangular body and a rectangular head. The center three figure have a light brown body, the proper right figure has a dark yellow body and the proper left figure has a brown body. Each has a grey head and legs, white arms, and a yellow kilt and black and white feathers.

A sixth yei figure, possibly known as the rainbow goddess, forms three sides of a border. The body is white, with a grey head, black legs, and light brown kilt. There are black and white feathers between the figures near the feet. There is a tassel at each corner.