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Basket

Object Number:30-11-15A
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Spruce Root
Grass
maidenhair fern
Technique:Twined
Height: 9.6 cm
Outside Diameter:15.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Cylindrical basket with rattle lid (30-11-15B). Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave, natural color. Decorated with a band of straw false embroidery in a "blanket border" pattern in black. Negative space within the design is filled with "war club" patterns in orange and brown. The central design band is bordered at the top and bottom by a line of "strawberry basket," or checked, pattern in brown and black. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). Body: 13 warps, 20 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between.

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