Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Chief Pattern Blanket)

Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Chief Pattern Blanket)

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Object Name: 
Vessel
Title: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Chief Pattern Blanket)
Accession Number: 
2007.4.141
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 25.6 cm, Diam (max): 15.1 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1975
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family
Web Description: 
Chihuly is an internationally celebrated personality in contemporary art and design whose prominence in the field of studio glass is unmatched. From the beginning of his involvement with glass in the 1960s, he has focused on the sculptural qualities of the material, using the blown vessel as a vehicle for the exploration of color and form. In 1975–1976, Chihuly devised a decorative technique in which he picked up patterns of colored glass threads, inspired by vintage Navajo and Pendleton trade blankets, onto the surface of a cylindrical glass vessel. This series of vessels was called the Navajo Blanket Cylinders. Chihuly says: “I blew the Navajo Blanket Cylinders for two years. . . . Looking back, I think it is possible to say that . . . the pieces were wearing their drawings just as the Indians were wearing their blankets.”
Department: 
Provenance: 
Elliott Brown Gallery, Former Collection
2001
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Chief Pattern Blanket
label
Written in Glass on front purple glass threads
Chihuly / NO / 76 / 1975
signature
Engraved underside
Chihuly / 1975 / dc
signature
Engraved on side near base
Primary Description: 
Blown glass, assembled threads picked up while hot, iridized. "Chief Pattern Blanket" in purple glass threads.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, p. 97, pl. 25; BIB# 109983