Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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yei rug
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • yei rug, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 176 x 106 cm
    Object Length/Width: 69 5/16 x 41 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6642

The rectangular rug has seven figures on a light brown field. They all have square grey heads wtih black and white feathers. Three have geometric looking bodies and triangles at the shoulders and hips. The center figure has a white body with red, orange, and black stripes at the shoulders, hips and on the center portion of the body. The lateral two have orange bodies with red, grey, and white stripes at the same places.

The remaining four figures have a more typical body form. Three have white tunics and orange pants and the fourth has a white tunic and grey pants. Each has a red, orange and white triangle fringe hanging from the elbows.

The border has stepped triangles along the long edges in red, then white and dark brown. It has white yarn edging.