Navajo

Navajo 3rd Phase Chief's Blanket with Indigo and Cochineal Dyes

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Navajo 3rd Phase Chief's Blanket with Indigo and Cochineal Dyes

  • C. 1860-70
  • 58'' x 74''
  • T3792
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Acquired from a private collector out of Arizona. She inherited this blanket from her maternal grandmother, Margaret Allen Parsons (1899-1980). In 1924 she married Edward Smith Parsons, Jr., who was from Colorado Springs, CO. Margaret was an excellent amateur artist who worked in various mediums: oil, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, pastel and pen and ink. She also dabbled in print-making. Margaret acquired this on a summer trip to the southwest when she was in her early 20s. Margaret had passed on this blanket to her daughter, Joan Ingersoll Parsons, and so it is unknown exactly when and where Margaret herself purchased the blanket when she visited the southwest one summer. The owner acquired this blanket from her mother, Joan, in the 1990s when she expressed an interest in Navajo weavings. This blanket is in very good condition for its age. The tassels are intact but they are slightly worn. The weave is very soft and flexible. The warp count is 8 and the weft count is 64, per inch. A spectrophotometry report is included with the weaving.