DescriptionA CLASSIC NAVAJO MAN'S WEARING BLANKET
c. 1860 -1865
tightly woven of native handspun churro wool in natural ivory and brown, indigo-dyed blue, and raveled bayeta in cochineal-dyed red, with a Second Phase Chief's pattern, composed of pairs of narrow linear bars overlaying three striped panels, all against a classic banded ground
Gifted to Dr. Robert Morris Bertolet, M.D. (1846 - 1882), as payment for his services as a surgeon in the USA Medical Corps (N.M. Territory). Upon Dr. Bertolet's death, this textile was transferred to his brother, Alfred Spang Bertolet, who gifted it to the current owner's grandparents in 1947.
This lot is accompanied by a copy of the red dye test results.
Dimensions: 74 x 49 ½ inches
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