Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-8
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 "shaman's hat" patterns in white and brown. Thin, white and brown lines also frame the upper and lower bands with two horizontal, black lines intersecting the pattern. Central band of alternating "eye" or lozenge designs in white and black. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 13 warps, 20 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between. Holes where cardboard was removed from bottom.

Height 11.7 cm
Width 13.7 cm
Depth 14.7 cm
Outside Diameter 0 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number 16 - Other Number

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