Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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transitional chief's blanket
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • transitional chief's blanket, late 1800s–1880
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 140 x 208 cm
    Object Height/Width: 55 1/8 x 81 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6925

The rectangular blanket is red with black and off-white stripes across the center. There are three full and two half red crosses above and below, with dark brown or black and off-white outlines. There are narrow black or dark brown and off-white stripes between the crosses.