Navajo (Dine') Germantown pictorial blanket

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Navajo (Dine') Germantown pictorial blanket

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70 1/2" wide x 72" long

4 ply Germantown wools

circa 1890s

excellent condition 

ex: Marcy Burns American Indian Arts; Private Collection

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This blanket is one of the most beautiful and distinctive Navajo textiles that I have ever seen. The sandstone colored wool was a distinctive 4-ply commercial wool that came to the Navajo in the late 19th century.  It is quite rare and certainly is extremely rare in a large textile such as this. The green and the purple Germantown wools are also distinctive to the late 19th century.

Please note the complex design that the Navajo weaver has created. She incorporates the distinctive serrated diamond that was traditional in the center of Classic serapes and she expands on the serrated design that was emphasized in the eye dazzler era by abstracting the snake and tree of life.  Note the snake-like figures that surround the diamond designs and the tree of life designs in the 4 corners of the central field. This is all surrounded by a geometric border. Borders do not come into use until the late 19th century so this is an early use of a border.