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yei rug
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • yei rug, 1940s–1950s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 120 x 141 cm not including fringes
    Object Height/Width: 47 1/4 x 55 1/2 in not including fringes
  • Museum purchase: Friends of the Art Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0094

Horizontally oriented rug with a black border and a light brown field, and with black, white and light brown fringes at each corner. Within the field are four stylized human figures identified as Yei figures. All four figures have rectangular, tan-colored faces with black hair, eyes, and mouths. Each figure has its arms raised to its shoulders and is holding long, feather-topped staffs in each hand. Each figure has an elongated torso divided in half vertically and in two colors, and wears a triangular kilt with various colored vertical stripes in the center. Each figure also wears armbands on each elbow with long trailers that hang down to the figures' waists. The arms and legs of each figure are white.