Blanket

Native American, Navajo
1880–85


Object Place: Navajo, Southwest, North American

Dimensions

127 x 192 cm (50 x 75 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

02.79

Medium or Technique

Wool tapestry weave with diagonal and interlock joins

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Three red bands patterned with serrate diamonds in blue and light and dark green, in rows on red ground, edged with finely stepped diamonds stripes, with checkerboard at each side, alternating with plain gray-brown bands. Handspun brown/tan bands bordered with stepped diamond stripes in red, tan, brown, red and yellow and blue; commercial 3-ply maroon borders on either end.
Small serrate triangles at each coerner (odd in appearance).
3 patches made from mid-19th century blankets: 1) Fragment from Rio Grande Blanket, Hispanic American because of 2ZS warps of white cotton; weft stripes of purple, white, greens and brown stripes; 2) Fragment from same Rio Grande Blanket , Hispanic American, with 2ZS cotton warps and purple, green/brown, and white stripes, one stripe has white and brown wefts in single shed; 3) Fragment from Navajo blanket with brown, blue and purple/red stripes.

Provenance

Collection of Denman Waldo Ross; gift to the MFA, May 10, 1902

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection