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miniature loom with figures
  • Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • miniature loom with figures, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, yarn, synthetic hair, metal, sequins, beads, velvet, cloth, sheep skin, wool, string, ink, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 36 x 30.5 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 14 1/8 x 12 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation ??
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5919
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Description

Woman seated in front of large loom. There is a large rectangular frame and string holds the crossbar of the loom elevated to support the weaving in progress. It is white, red, blue-green and dark blue, in process. The woman sitting in front of the loom has a white cloth head with facial features drawn and black synthetic hair tied in a low bun. Her hair is decorated with silver colored sequins and light blue beads and she is wearing blue beaded earrings. She is wearing a long sleeved dark purple velvet blouse and the yoke and arms are decorated with silver colored sequins and white beads. She is wearing a silver metal belt over top of the blouse and a single strand of multi-colored beads. Her skirt is yellow with a series of different designs in white, orange, brown and blue, but none of the designs are fully visible due to the gathered fabric. There is a baby to the woman's left, wrapped in white with a blue scarf on its head and drawn facial features. The woman and baby are on sheepskin. The whole piece is ona rectangular base, covered with brown and white striped cloth, nailed in place.