Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-10
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 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 two "wave" patterns (or blue and white China pattern per Teri Rofkar) overlaying one another in brown. A central band is made up of pairs of single "tree shadow" patterns pointing in opposite directions woven using skip stitch weaving. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 24 warps, 28 wefts per square inch. China pattern.

Height 10.9 cm
Width 14 cm
Depth 11.4 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

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