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Basket

Object Number:30-11-11
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
Height: 8.8 cm
Outside Diameter:11 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Cylindrical basket with slightly expanding sides and an inverted bottom. Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave, natural color. A repeating, vertical, "tree shadow" (or snail track) pattern is woven between the two bands using skip stitch weaving. Decorated with upper and lower bands of straw false embroidery in a "blanket border" pattern in brown. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 22 warps, 29 wefts per square inch. Bottom in-between. Holes where cardboard was removed from bottom.

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