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Berry Basket

Object Number:30-11-5
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tlingit
Provenience: United States of America
Alaska
Culture Area: Northwest Coast Culture Area
Section:American
Materials:Spruce Root
Grass
Copper
Technique:Basketry
Twined
Height: 13.5 cm
Width: 17.6 cm
Depth: 16 cm
Outside Diameter:0 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number:11 - Other Number

Description

Cylindrical basket with slightly expanding sides. Made of split roots of the spruce tree, fine weave. The entire basket has been dipped in copper sulphite to prevent dirt from penetrating, thus giving it a light green tinge. Decorated with upper and lower bands of straw false embroidery in pairs of single "tree shadow" patterns pointing in opposite directions in reddish brown. An orange lozenge is woven in between the two tree shadows that meet. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 16 warps, 21 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between. Cardboard on bottom.

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