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Last Chance Passed Lots Auction: October 28th, 2022

Mon, Oct 24, 2022 02:00AM EDT - Fri, Oct 28, 2022 03:00PM EDT
Lot 69

Navajo Yei Be Chei Figural Polychrome Rug c. 1940s

Estimate: $3,500 - $4,500

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Featured in this lot is this Navajo Yei Be Chei figural polychrome rug circa 1940's. The rug features a wonderfully and professionally crafted wool construction that features a heathered grey and black border with a off white field and shows a Yei Be Chei figural woven into the center of the field that shows colors such as medium red, black, and orange coloration with a red cross between its legs. The Yeibichai weavings are highly individual, therefore, different elements may be found in them. Male Yeis have round heads and Female Yeis have square heads. Other elements included may be: gourds, ruffs of spruce around the neck, fox pelts, moccasins, woven garters or sashes, arrows, corn, clouds, stars, and more. The thread count is 96 threads per square inch. The condition of this Navajo Yei Be Chei rug is good with the tassels on each of the corners missing but otherwise it shows good overall condition. The measurements of this rug 31" x 34". Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Bozeman, Montana collection and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Bruce VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce also was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery.