March in Montana Auction
Live Auction

March in Montana 2024 Session II

Sat, Mar 16, 2024 01:00PM EDT
Lot 666

Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Navajo Rug, 11'9" x 10'5"

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Navajo Rug 11’9” x 10’5”. Toadlena/Two Grey Hills rug with a large stepped diamond with intricately woven design elements, bordered by a larger hooked diamond outline. Woven by Master Weaver Mary Yanabah Curley of the Bear Clan (1877-1977). Circa 1935. $20,000-30,000 Provenance: The Cameron Collection, CO, AZ, NM, MT, WY.

Toadlena/Two Grey Textile Large rug, ca. 1935, woven by Master Weaver, Mary Yanabah Curley (1877-1977), Naashashi, (Bear Clan) of Toadlena/Two Grey Hills. *Her Grandmother, Asdzaa Tsah dahyiskid (Sage Brush Hill Woman) (Dadabah) was captured by the American troops during the Navajo wars, and went on to internment at Bosque Redondo in the 1860s. Her oldest daughter, Mrs. Police Boy, was born there in 1865, and lived until 1965. Mrs. Police Boy’s oldest daughter was Mary Yanabah. Like her mother, she had also learned to weave from her mother. Mary became one of the very best and most imaginative designers of the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills style. She primarily wove rugs that were approximately 4 ½’ x 6 ½’. This is the only known, large-sized rug that she made during her long career. It is a masterpiece of quality and design. 
-Mark Winter, Historic Toadlena Trading Post

 *See The Master Weavers: Celebrating 100 years of Navajo Textile Artists from the Toadlena/Two Grey Hills Weaving Region by Mark Winter (2011), chapter 5:11 page 305 for a complete genealogy chart of Mary’s outstanding and highly creative family, featuring 10 Master Weavers, as well as more historic period weavers. The existence of this rug was known for over 10 years by the author having been shown a photograph of it by a member of Mary’s family. It was later located and acquired from the late trader Dennis June, of the prestigious McGee family from the Navajo reservation and Scottsdale, Arizona. The rug is mentioned in the book on page 309.
The additional photos featured in this lot are on pages 332 and 336 of The Master Weavers. Second photo features Mary Yanabah Curley, Mrs. Police Boy, and Marie Police Klah, circa 1960, as stated in the book. 


Very slight a/b sides. One slightly faded. A few snags visible along with two holes, largest being about 1.5". Great condition overall.