Lot 409

Navajo Yei Be Chei Polychrome Wool Rug c. 1950's

Estimate: $400 - $800

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$50 $10
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$500 $50
$1,000 $100
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Featured in this lot is this Navajo Yei Be Chei polychrome wool rug circa 1950's. The rug shows four traditional yei figurals and shows colors of maroon, black, turquoise, red, blue and black all set to a off white field. The Yei Be Chei dancers are the human impersonators who perform the ceremonies. The Yei Be Chei weavings present the dancers as they dance, perform, and enact the ceremony of the Yeis. Ceremonies are performed to either attract or exorcise effects to The People. Yei is the Navajo name for a deity or a holy one. The Yeis are woven facing outward. They are usually depicted with long bodies and skirts and hold sacred plants or symbols. The condition of this rug is fair to good with some bleeding denoting some age and also that this rug is naturally dyed but, the rug also shows some wear to the bottom edge of the rug but otherwise in fair to good condition. The measurements of this rug are 58" x 28 1/4".