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Basket Lid

Object Number:30-11-15B
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
Height: 9.6 cm
Outside Diameter:15.5 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Rattle cover or lid for basket (30-11-15A). Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave, natural color. 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 "fern frond" pattern in orange and black. The perimeter of the lid has a design of parallelograms in orange and black with one line of natural fiber woven toward one side, likely the "spawn of the stickleback" pattern. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). Lid (lip): 11 warps per square inch. Lid: 14 warps, 20 wefts per square inch. Lid (knob): 16 warps, 24 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between. Rattle-top lid.

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