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miniature loom with female figure
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • miniature loom with female figure, late 1900s–1994
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wood, velvet, cloth, synthetic hair, beads,string, ink, yarn, metal, wool, yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 21 x 16 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of Carol Chavez
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6239

The figure of a woman seated on a rectangular base in front of a loom with a partially finished weaving. The loom has two uprights and a crossbeam. The weaving is attached to two shorter crosspieces, the top one hanging from the larger crosspiece with dark colored yarn.

The base is covered with an unbleached cotton cloth, nailed in place with a piece of sheepskin covering most of the top. The figure is seated on the sheepskin. She has black hair, worn in a bun at the neck. She is wearing a dark pink long sleeved velvet top with a silver colored metal belt and a green skirt with a yellow and dark blue pattern. She has a necklace of blue and white beads and her facial features are drawn in ink. The weaving is off-white, orange and brown.