Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Zig-Zag with Horse Drawing)

Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Zig-Zag with Horse Drawing)

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Object Name: 
Navajo Blanket Cylinder (Zig-Zag with Horse Drawing)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 35.1 cm, Diam (max): 11.8 cm
On Display
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.”
Christie's, NY, Former Collection
Heineman, Ben W. Sr. Family, Source
10 Dec 93 / SALE 7800 / Lot 26A
on base white square label
CHRISTIE'S / AND / HJ816 ? L:1
on base white circle label
Chihuly 76
brown glass threads
Primary Description: 
Blown glass, assembled threads picked up while hot.
Corning Museum of Glass
Contemporary Glass Gallery and Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection (2009) illustrated, pp. 104-105, pl. 29; BIB# 109983
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2007 (2008) illustrated, p. 12; BIB# AI90242