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Germantown Red Rug

Culture Diné (Navajo)
Title Germantown Red Rug
Date 1880–1900
Medium Wool and dye
Dimensions Object: 98 1/8 × 58 3/4 in. (249.2 × 149.2 cm)
Overall: 98 1/8 × 58 3/4 in. (249.2 × 149.2 cm)
Credit Line Gift in Memory of Lyle Gifford Boyd, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2015.136

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About this Work

This Germantown rug uses several common motifs with stacked triangles and arrows creating a border. The central motif is made up of five crosses with small “flags” at four of their corners, known as Spider Woman Crosses. This motif is extremely old and can be found in some of the earliest known Navajo weavings and traced directly to a motif found in Navajo basketry.

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"Germantown Red Rug | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.