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rug depicting Mother Earth and Father Sky
  • Roselyn Rouchman
  • rug depicting Mother Earth and Father Sky, late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Gift from the Security Benefit Group of Companies
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6621
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Description

The rectangular rug has two figures in the center. The top figure, identified as Father Sky, has a square head with a black line across eyes that continue into horns on either side of his head. His gray body is diamond shaped with his arms to either side and both legs forming a "W" below. There is a brown circle with a pink cross in each hand. Two faces are depicted on the body, the top is very light brown with light brown detail, the bottom is white with black detail.

The bottom figure, identified as Mother Earth, has a square head with a black line across her eyes that continue into horns on either side of her head. Her brown body is diamond shaped with her arms to either side and both legs forming a "W" below. There is a white circle in each hand with a pink cross. A standing figure is depicted in her abdomen. The figure has two stylized feathers on its head, black hair and facial features. The skin is light brown and the torso and arms are a slightly different light brown. The figure wears a gray kilt.

The border around the two long edges and the bottom short edge is actually a very long Yei figure, identified as the Rainbow Guardian. His head, in the upper proper right corner, is rectangular with black hair, eyes, and mouth. His arms face inward to the rug and hold a stylized black and white feather. The body is a brown and gray stripe with a thin pink stripe between and a thin green stripe on either side. He has a brown kilt and light brown legs in upper proper left corner.

It has a dark yellow field and a dark yellow tassel in each corner.