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Lukachukai Yei, c. 1920's

Lukachukai Yei, c. 1920's

Lukachukai Yei, c. 1920's

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This Navajo rug measures 36" x 68", hand-spun yarn, natural white, brown and black, all other colors are hand-dyed with aniline dye, excellent condition, c. 1920's, artist unknown.

The figurative rugs from the Lukachukai region of Arizona are known for their strong, red backgrounds. This should be a Lukachukai. There are 5 Yei figures including the Rainbow Guardian. The 1920's date relates to the design of the rug plus the presence of "sew lines." These begin to disappear from Navajo weavings around 1900 and are generally gone by 1920. However, sand-painting images show up in the late 1910's and this is not the style of the earliest, thus the 1920's date.

It's a very enjoyable piece and the second I've acquired that seems to be from the same weaver. Interestingly, the other had a white background and would not have so easily been attributed to the Lukachukai region. So, did she live there or just use their style? Who knows!?