Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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yei rug
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • yei rug, late 1900s–1963
  • Where object was made: Lukachukai, Arizona, United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 370 x 161 cm length includes tassles
    Object Length/Width: 145 11/16 x 63 3/8 in length includes tassles
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6934
Label Text

The rectangular rug has a yellow field on one half and a black field on the other half. There are five yei figures on each colored field. The figures have grey heads and yellow, grey, or brown necks. They have long sleeved white or grey tops and light blue string necklaces. The figures on the black field have their proper left arms raised and bent and their proepr right arms at their hips. The figures on the yellow have both arms raised and bent. The skirts are striped in combinations of grey, red, white, and black. There are stylized feathers on their heads and between their figures. The black and white border has a sawtooth edge and red detail.

The yellow background indicates daylight and the dark background indicates night.