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Basket

Object Number:30-11-14A
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: 11.5 cm
Outside Diameter:12.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Basket with lid (30-11-14B) in the shape of a Chinese ginger jar with open and close twined weaves. Made of split roots of the spruce tree, natural color. The basket is separated into two sections of open work, cross-warp weaving in an eye-hole design. Three close twined bands are woven between the open work and at the top and bottom. The central band features straw false embroidery in an alternating "war club" and "cross" pattern in faded orange and black. The upper and lower bands feature two rows of a "leaves of fireweed" pattern in faded orange and black. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, open and close twined, cross-warp, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 14 warps, 8 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between.

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