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A blanket made up of white, dark brown, red and blue stripes typical of second phase Navajo design | Donald Ellis Gallery

Second Phase Chief's Blanket

Navajo
Arizona or New Mexico

ca. 1860

handspun churro wool, raveled bayeta, indigo and cochineal dyes

height: 55"
width: 79"

Inventory # S1050

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Provenance

Collected by Edmund Bell in Ouray, Colorado, from Chief Ouray, a Ute, in the late 1870's. Bell reportedly befriended Ouray while acting as a contractor for the construction of Indian Agency buildings on a reservation.