North America, New Mexico, Ortega's of Chimayo, ca. 20th century. A handwoven wool blanket depicting a stylized, elongated Yei-inspired figure in striking black, white, and grey hues against a red ground. Yai is the Navajo name for supernatural beings who possess the power to bring about healing in medicinal ceremonies. Interestingly, yei compositions were initially created for sandpaintings employed during these ceremonies. A wonderful pictorial presentation featuring a frontally-facing stylized stick figure dressed in ceremonial vestments and holding ritualistic implements, flanked by beautiful black, grey, and white staffs as well as striated bands of sky blue, grey, white, and black hues, with a blue-grey fringe. Size: 43" W x 18.5" H (109.2 cm x 47 cm)
This blanket was acquired at Ortega's Weaving Shop of Chimayo, New Mexico - established in the early 18th century by Gabriel Ortega who settled in what is now Chimayo, New Mexico which was final frontier of New Spain. Ortega and his fellow settlers survived by weaving to make clothes, rugs, and blankets. Since that time, Ortega's has been run by several generations, and today the Galeria Ortega continues to respect the traditions of New Mexico.
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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Intact and in overall excellent condition.