Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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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

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.

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

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