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Berry Basket

Object Number:30-11-2
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: United States of America
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Materials:Spruce Root
Height: 17.6 cm
Outside Diameter:21.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number:18 - Other Number


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.


[Book] Preucel, Robert W., and Wierzbowski, William S., and Williams, Lucy F. 2005. Native American Voices on Identity, Art and Culture: Objects of Everlasting Esteem.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pages 170-171/Plate 69View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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