A Navajo late classic manta

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Lot 100
A Navajo late classic manta

Sold for US$ 31,325 inc. premium

Native American Art

31 Aug 2020, 11:00 PDT

Los Angeles

Property from a Private West Coast Collection, lots 97-112
A Navajo late classic manta
Finely woven, with medium blue indigo center flanked by indigo navy and primarily aniline red bands (a small portion of the red bands dyed with lac).
size approximately 2ft 9 1/2in x 3ft 8in

Footnotes

  • Dye testing completed by Dr. David Wenger confirms the stated red dyes, the results of which will accompany the lot.

    Provenance
    Forrest Fenn Collection, Santa Fe, NM
    Eliza and Joshua Baer Collection, Santa Fe, NM
    Private Collection, Austin, TX
    Sotheby's American Indian Art, May 17, 2000, New York, NY, lot 632 (illustrated on the catalogue cover)
    A West Coast Private Collection, acquired in 2000

    Illustrated
    Baer, Joshua, Collecting the Navajo Child's Blanket, 1986, Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, plate #14
    In the text accompanying the image, the author states:
    "Classic Navajo child's blankets are occasionally so understated and straightforward that one wonders how the weaver managed to weave the entire blanket without including more design. The answer lies in the fact that the Navajos, like the Japanese, regarded restraint as an art in itself. What was left out of a blanket was considered as important as what was put in. The presence of synthetic-dyed raveled American flannel in this manta would normally indicate a date in the early 1870s, but the elegance of this manta's overall design points toward a date in the 1860s.
    The large uncomplicated central panel is woven entirely out of pale blue indigo dyed handspun. This color is accomplished by leaving white handspun yarn in a vat of indigo dye for between one and two days. The dark, almost midnight blue yarn at either end of the manta is the result of leaving the same yarn in the vat for between three and four days."
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