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yei rug
  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • yei rug, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 42.5 x 98 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 3/4 x 38 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6610

The small rectangular rug has a light brown field and four figures, identified as yei figures. Each has a rectangular white head with stylized feathers and dark brown eyes. The proper right figure has a dark blue neck, an orange torso and arms, a dark blue kilt, and dark brown legs. Blue, white, and red tassels dangle from each elbow. The middle figure on the proper right has a red neck, a dark brown torso and arms, a red kilt, and green legs. White, red, and dark brown tassels dangle from the elbows. There is a green corn stalk in the center. The middle figure on the proper left has a dark brown neck, a white torso and arms, a green kilt and red legs. Green, dark brown, and orange tassels dangle from the elbows. The proper left figure has a green neck, a dark blue torso and arms, an orange kilt and green legs. Red, dark brown, and white tassels dangle from the elbows.

There are two brown stripes on either end and small light brown tassels at one end and dark brown at the other.