Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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single-figure yeibichai rug
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • single-figure yeibichai rug, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool yarn, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 164 x 115 cm
    Object Height/Width: 64 9/16 x 45 1/4 in
  • Gift to the University of Kansas from the estate of Dennis Branstiter
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0004

Vertically oriented rug with thin red and orange borders and a thin brown border at the top and bottom edge. On the two vertical sides are large stepped triangles projecting toward the center of the rug. Projecting from the steps of the triangle are feathers designs. Within each triangle is an orange and brown feather shape. The field of the rug is light brown and in the center is a very large human figure identified as a yei (possibly a yeibichai) figure. The face, body, arms, and upper legs are light, natural colored wool. The lower legs are dark brown with red bands at the knees, and the feet are red with white dots. Around the figure's waist is a wide, multicolored band with zigzags and diamonds. The figure has light brown hair, has two feathers in its hair, and is wearing one green necklace and one red and green necklace.