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African Basket [Object of the Day #117]


By: Alyssa Kaminski

  This round basket is from our African collection. It it made from twine and interlacing plant fibers. These materials are woven together to create the beautiful geometric patterns that cover the object. Penn Museum Object #AF1835A See this and other objects like it on Penn Museum’s Online Collection Database

Beaded Basket [Object of the Day #86]


By: Alyssa Kaminski

  This incredibly decorated basket is from Djibouti, Africa. The object is intricately beaded with a combination of red, black, and white glass beads. The structure of the basket is made of raphia, a type of palm tree, and is adorned with several tassels ending in shells. Penn Museum Object #2003-53-2 See this and other […]

Pomo Basket [Object of the Day #19]

Pomo Basket

By: Amy Ellsworth

The Pomo people lived along the parts of central and northern California for thousands of years before European settlers came in 1850. The name Pomo simply means “people.” Both Pomo men and women weave baskets, but their styles and the function of the basketry may vary. At the turn of the 20th century, Pomo women […]

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