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Rug, Ganado style

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Rug, Ganado style

Diné (Navajo)

Artist Nationality
Navajo (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1930-1940

Medium & Support
synthetic dyes on wool

Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Avery Z. Eliscu

Subject matter
This Ganado-style rug features examples of many identifiable designs and motifs including, in the center panel, the So aqadenil (two stars together; two large diamonds in the center), the Nahokhos (swastika cross) and the Noltlizh (zigzag line). The sides show the Beeditlihi (slingshot; an elongated diamond, here with color patterning), the Tqago deza (three points; a triangle, here with color patterning) and the Kos yishchin (cloud image; terraced figure on sides of rug), while the border demonstrates the Alkidot'ezh (touching each other; small figures that touch).

Physical Description
Red rug with black, white, yellow, and blue geometric designs. Two vertically oriented diamond shapes in the center. White and yellow stepped patterns moving towards the sides and blue and white triangular shapes forming a pattern as a border.

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Navajo (culture or style)
modern and contemporary art
rugs (textiles)
wool (textile)

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