Cradle Model


From: Arizona | Fort Apache

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 22340
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture White Mountain Apache
Provenience Arizona | Fort Apache
Culture Area Southwest Culture Area
Section American
Materials Wood | Fiber | Glass | Metal | Maize

Cradle model made from a wooden hoop covered with plain cloth over horizontal wooden slats. The cloth is decorated with overlays of wool flannel in red and orange, both cut with zigzag edges. An opening down the middle of the board is loosely stitched together with thread. The cloth is stuffed with soft material. The hood is made from wide slats of wood secured together at the ends. The interior of the hood is lined with cloth which wraps around to the exterior edge and is then lined with green flannel cut into zigzags. A mesh veil dyed red hangs down over the front of the hood. Five strands of alternating white and black beads hang from the top of the hood, each strand ending in a perforated corn kernel. The entire cradle is wrapped in several places with thread and twisted plant fiber cords.

Length 43 cm
Width 16 cm
Credit Line Gift of Mary Yorke and Ellen McIlvaine Macauley, 1902

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