Miniature flat plaque; coiled. Design consists of a central devil's claw from which emanates a maze pattern, at the entrance of which stands a human figure. This pattern is called the House of Shuihii Ki, a legendary figure, who supposedly lives in the mountains where no one can find him. Colors are natural and black.

Basket, 20th century

Akimel O'odham (Pima)

Plant fibers

Gift of Mrs. C. C. Bovey 42.18.72

On View in Gallery 281

In the early 1900s, many Euro-American women traveling through the Southwest region of the United States became infatuated with miniature Native American baskets, and some became avid collectors. Native women basket makers responded to this demand by creating ever-smaller baskets, utilizing the same harvesting, processing, and coiling techniques as those for personal use. Creating tightly woven, tiny baskets in an expanding range of designs and styles for their new clientele required the same levels of expertise and knowledge—but perhaps even more dexterity and skill.

Image: Public Domain. Gift of Mrs. C. C. Bovey

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