Basket Lid


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-16B
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience United States of America | Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Spruce Root | Grass | Maidenhair Fern
Technique Twined

Rattle cover or lid for basket (30-11-16A). Made of split roots of the spruce tree. The center of the lid has an additional layer of basketry attached which is then filled with seeds forming a rattle-top. Decorated with straw false embroidery on the top in a central, circular design of three rows of "leaves of fireweed" in orange and black. The perimeter of the lid has a "blanket border" pattern in brown, which is flanked above and below by a line of "strawberry basket," or checked, pattern in green. The lip of lid and the side edge of the rattle top have a repeating, vertical, "tree shadow" (or snail track) pattern woven into the basketry using skip stitch weaving.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). Lid (lip): 16 wefts per square inch. Lid: 20 warps, 25 wefts per square inch. Lid (knob): 22 warps, 25 wefts per square inch. Bottom compact twine.

Height 10 cm
Outside Diameter 13 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

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