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Basket Lid

Object Number:30-11-14B
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: 3.81 cm
Outside Diameter:9.53 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

Description

Close twined cover or lid for basket (30-11-14A). Made of split roots of the spruce tree, natural color. Decorated with straw false embroidery around the side in two rows of "leaves of fireweed" patterns in faded orange and black. The top of the lid is decorated with straw false embroidery in an alternating "war club" and "cross" pattern in faded orange and black. The edge between the side and the top features a repeating pattern of one black and two natural wefts. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). Lid (lip): 12 wefts per square inch. Lid: 15 warps, 25 wefts per square inch. Lid no knob.

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