Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-2
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tlingit
Provenience United States of America | Alaska
Culture Area Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section American
Materials Spruce Root | Grass | Fern
Technique Basketry | Twined

Cylindrical basket with slightly expanding sides. Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave, natural color. Decorated with upper and lower bands of straw false embroidery in a "shaman's hat" pattern in white, black, and brown. Central band of the spear barb variant of the "half the head of a salmon berry" pattern in black and brown. Narrow band of brown and natural straw at rim in a "strawberry basket," or checked, pattern. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, diagonal twill/twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 13 warps, 19 wefts per square inch. Bottom compact twine. Selvage pattern. Holes in bottom where cardboard was removed. Two rows skip-stitch before and after design bands.

Height 17.6 cm
Outside Diameter 21.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number 18 - Other Number

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