Berry Basket


From: United States of America | Alaska

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 30-11-3
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 a "leaves of fireweed" pattern in natural and black. Central band of "shaman's hat" patterns in sets of three and "tattoo "patterns in white and brown. The central band is framed by thin pink lines and two sets of horizontal, black lines intersect the patterns. Natural Indian dyes.

Technical notes: twined, close twined, two-strand, in-between weave (with plain), diagonal/twill twining, three-strand, wrapped weft ("false embroidery"). 19 warps, 29 wefts per square inch. Bottom in between, skip stitch. Three-strand at bottom of side, three-strand at top of side.

Height 14.8 cm
Outside Diameter 18 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Louis Shotridge, 1930
Other Number 25 - Other Number

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