Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-9
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, natural color. A repeating, vertical, "tree shadow" (or snail track) pattern is woven into the basketry using skip stitch weaving. Decorated with upper and lower bands of straw false embroidery in "leaves of fireweed" patterns in black. Central band of a white cross with black framing around the left and right arms. The black framing forms a zigzag on the sides and a white lozenge shape is woven between each design segment. This design may be a variation of a "raven's tail" pattern. The central band is flanked above and below by two lines of black false embroidery. The rim has a "strawberry basket," or checked, pattern woven in two rows in black. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 20 warps, 26 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between. Holes where cardboard was removed from bottom. Related to 30-11-7.

Height 11.5 cm
Width 12.5 cm
Depth 13.5 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930

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