A Navajo first phase chief's blanket
Lot 4358
A Navajo classic chief's blanket
Sold for US$ 230,000 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Navajo classic chief's blanket
Woven in a first phase Ute style pattern of rich indigo and brown panels overlaid on the striped ground, on a dark brown warp, in handspun yarns.
size approximately 4ft x 5ft 11in


  • Provenance:
    A private Texas collection; ex-Robert Parsons, Taos, NM; authenticated by Dr. Joe Ben Wheat

    In a letter from Dr. Wheat accompanying the blanket, he relates the following:

    "Notes on a First Phase Chief Blanket"

    "This blanket in terms of design and layout is a classic First Phase Chief Blanket, sometimes called the Ute style. The warps and wefts were spun from old churro sheep's wool in the natural colors, creamy white and dark brown-black. The dark blue stripes are dyed with indigo. The weave appears to be somewhat coarser than some other first phase blankets, in part as a result of the warp and weft being nearly the same diameter, an early trait.

    Judging by the wools used and the dark indigo dye this blanket probably dates to the first half of the nineteenth century."

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