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Basket

Object Number:30-11-16A
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: 10 cm
Outside Diameter:13 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Cylindrical basket with rattle lid (30-11-16B). Made of split roots of the spruce tree. A repeating, vertical, "tree shadow" (or snail track) pattern is woven into the basketry using skip stitch weaving. Decorated with upper and lower bands of straw false embroidery in a "leaves of fireweed" pattern in black. Central band of "blanket border" pattern in brown flanked above and below by a line of "strawberry basket," or checked, pattern in green.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). Body: 18 warps, 25 wefts per square inch. Bottom compact twine.

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