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Berry Basket

Object Number:30-16-7
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Spruce Root
Grass
Technique:Basketry
Twined
Height: 22 cm
Width: 24.5 cm
Depth: 21 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Helen Huber, 1930

Description

Deep, round. Made of roots of spruce tree; straw false embroidery. Design -- in a wide band -- is composed of a series of zigzags (butterfly ?). The spruce root is blue, red, and green; the embroidery is reddish brown, orange, and natural. Natural dyes and others taken from trade goods. Berry-picking basket. Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), wrapped weft ("false embroidery"); 12 warps and 14 wefts per square inch. Half head of salmon berry design; color three-strand.

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