Berry Basket

30-11-2

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
Description

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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