coiled basket; small foot with outward-flaring sides and wide, rather flat shoulder; short neck with wide mouth opening; red yarn fringe at point of shoulder; light brown with dark brown band of figures on shoulder and body; band of stepped diamonds on neck; repeating circular motifs above and below figures on body

Basket, c. 1900

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An Indigenous woman artist made this basket, in early 20th century California, using locally harvested materials including grasses and roots, gathered through a deeply complex understanding of the local ecology. Harvesting is just the beginning of a long process of the preparation of materials that must happen before each artist can sit down to weave. This basket shows a range of motifs, from abstract to figural as well as added red yarn embellishment, a creative use of imported materials.

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Title
Basket
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2014.149.7
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coiled basket; small foot with outward-flaring sides and wide, rather flat shoulder; short neck with wide mouth opening; red yarn fringe at point of shoulder; light brown with dark brown band of figures on shoulder and body; band of stepped diamonds on neck; repeating circular motifs above and below figures on body