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Antique Figural Navajo Wool 3-Figure Yei Rug, c1930

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An antique figural Navajo Yei rug offers flat-weave wool construction with three female Yei with red vertical bordering, en verso display rod sleeve, circa 1930. Measures: 17.25" H x 34.25" W. Additional Information:The Yei symbol is a frequently used pattern in Navajo rugs. In Navajo mythology, the Yei spirits mediated between the great spirit and humans (the name Yei derives from Yeibicheii, meaning the Holy People. Yeibichai rugs depict the ceremony in which dancers attempt to call the spirits). Yei spirits were believed to control natural elements such as the rain, snow, wind, and sun and to have healing powers.In paintings and weavings depicting the Yei spirits, male deities are generally pictured with round heads and female deities with square heads. This distinction does not always hold true, though. In some cases, round heads are given to the more dominant spirits, regardless of gender. And there are other clues you can look for to determine whether a spirit is male or female. For instance, crooked lightning is often seen on the male spirits. Colors can also indicate gender, with black and yellow more associated with male figures and blue and white with females.It can be considered sacrilegious to weave in the eyes and mouths of the Yeis, so these are often embroidered on after the rug is woven. In fact, these rugs were initially considered sacrilegious in general. Yeis were initially depicted in sand paintings that would be erased at the end of the ceremony, so when weavings depicting the deities began to be made in the 1930s, there was some controversy over turning this ritual into a permanent and commercial art form. However, other Navajos argued that it was important to preserve the traditional art of sand paintings through permanent sand paintings and weavings. (charleysnavajorugs). ***IN-HOUSE SHIPPING & DELIVERY QUICK QUOTES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST*** ***DELIVERY NOTICE - Due to COVID-19 we are employing NO-CONTACT PRACTICES in the transfer of purchased items. Additionally, for those who prefer to delay shipping/delivery, we are offering FREE STORAGE of items until this crisis resolves.
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Antique Figural Navajo Wool 3-Figure Yei Rug, c1930

Estimate $200 - $300Aug 29, 2020
Starting Price $100
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