small, pyramid-shaped structure with indentation near top; woven bands and round and tube-shaped beads in purples, greens and yellows overall

Volcano on Bead Mountain, late 20th century

United States

Waxed linen, beads; knotting

Gift of Elaine Small 2003.225

On View in Gallery 281

Instead of porcupine quills or metal elements, spherical and tubular beads cover more than half the surface area of this basket. The artist strategically exposed woven components of the basket in yellow and purple linen thread, in coordination with the beaded design.

Elaine Small taught art privately and in a public high school. She lived in Kansas and Missouri throughout her very long life.

Image: In Copyright. Gift of Elaine Small

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