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Hopi Snake Dance pictorial rug
  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • Hopi Snake Dance pictorial rug, 1920s–1930s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 142 x 112 cm
    Object Height/Width: 55 7/8 x 44 1/8 in
  • Museum purchase: Peter T. Bohan Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2009.0095
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Description

Vertically oriented rug with a black border, straight on the bottom and zigzagged on the vertical sides. Within this is another border of light, natural colored wool. Within this is another, denticulated border of black and natural colored wool. In the center of the rug is a light yellowish-brown field. In each corner of the field is a stepped brown diamond with black edges. At the top and bottom center of the field are two S shapes in black and at the inside point of each diamond is another S shape in brown. At the top of the field is a stylized human figure in a white shirt and black pants with a brown V extending from the top of the head. The figure is holding a brown snake horizontally across its body. Below the figure is an upside down, black, dog-like figure. Below that is a natural wool colored fish shape with a black eye. Below that are two upside down human figures which appear to be holding hands. They have white heads and feet, and are wearing black shirts and brown skirts or kilts.