Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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yei rug
  • Lela McKinley
  • yei rug, late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 113 x 229 cm width includes tassles
    Object Height/Width: 44 1/2 x 90 3/16 in widith includes tassles
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6648

The rectangular rug has five yei figures. Each figure has a rectangular head in brown or light brown and a stylized black and white feather. Each has the arms bent and holds a black and white feather by either side of the face. Tassels of chevrons dangle from each elbow. The figures wear dark yellow and brown with white and light brown detail, grey with white and light brown detail, or dark yellow with white and light brown detail.
The figures are on a wider stripe, but narrow stripes separate them in white, yellow, light brown, pink, grey, light green, and brown. There is a dark orange tassel at each corner.

The figures facing forward are intended to simulate a line of dancers.