Medium: Wool, dye
Dimensions: 44 x 58in. (111.8 x 147.3cm)
Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Accession Number: 50.67.54
Catalogue Description: This brightly colored blanket has the terraced and step design referring to land forms and elements in nature, often referred to as terrace-step design. These blankets were worn wrapped around the shoulders and fixed with a pin in the front. Highly desirable by collectors and other Pueblo peoples they were, and still are, one of the most traded items from the Navajo. Bayeta means the unraveled yarns, the source for red yarns, not the cloth. The weaver would have unraveled Spanish cloth to obtain this. Third phase chief blanket. Notes from Joe Ben Wheat 5/5/1980 Late classic terraced design with crosses. Orange is late raveled and plied (you can usually tell the ply of the yarn by what is used in the tassels) Saltillo elements with a typical Navajo layout. 1870-1880. Possibly collected by Nathan Sturges Jarvis , Jr.