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Berry Basket

Object Number:30-11-4
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
Height: 14.9 cm
Width: 16 cm
Depth: 18 cm
Outside Diameter:0 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number:19 - Other Number

Description

Cylindrical basket with an inverted bottom. 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 horizontal lines, possibly the "joining together" or straight line pattern, in red and black. Each pattern has a pair of triangles above in a "half the head of a salmon berry" pattern and one "arrow" below in a "head of salmon berry" pattern. Patterns are separated by a diagonal line in orange false embroidery. Each band of design is framed above and below by a purple line. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, diagonal twill/twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 20 warps, 25 wefts per square inch. Bottom compact twine.

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