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Berry Basket

Object Number:30-11-1
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:Basketry
Twined
Height: 17.7 cm
Outside Diameter:24.7 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Cylindrical basket with slightly expanding sides. Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave, natural color. The exterior is covered entirely with straw false embroidery except for the rim and the bottom. The entire design is framed above and below by a purple line. Decorated with upper and lower bands of design in a somewhat cruciform shape with perpendicular extensions at the end of each arm. Most of the cruciform shape is black with the upper and lower perpendiculars in an indiscernible, faded dye. The center of each shape has a lozenge, likely the tadpole pattern or two "half the head of a salmon berry" patterns joined with a horizontal line, in orange and black. A similar, smaller lozenge is woven between each cruciform shape in faded dye and orange. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 13 warps, 20 wefts per square inch. Bottom in-between; holes in bottom where cardboard was removed; dark fern on root.

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