Germantown Eyedazzler

Fancy double saddle blanket

Native American, Navajo
1895–99


Object Place: Navajo, Southwest, North America

Dimensions

136 x 100 cm (53 9/16 x 39 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

99.77

Medium or Technique

Wool tapestry weave with diagonal joins

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts

Classifications

Textiles

Transitional fancy double saddle blanket, known as a Germantown eyedazzler, to be doubled and used with tassels hanging down horse’s rump, also very popular trade item. Three zoens with two serrate diamonds and two serrate diagonals at each end, vertical serrate lines across center, on red ground.
Bright red ground through the middle of which are groups of serrated stripes in bright yellow, green, dark blue and white; across the ends narrow green and blue stripes mark off a space in which are two diamonds and two diagonal stripes in yellow, green, dark blue and white; red fringe on ends, and tassels on corners.

Provenance

Purchased by the MFA, April 16, 1899

Credit Line

Museum purchase with general funds