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Luis' Wife

Basket, 1914
Juncus and grass (plant material)
2 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (6 x 38 x 34 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1207
Oblong, hemispherical basket with a flat base. Made with coiled construction. "The center…a bed of coals (black, with light brown flames.) Figures of men and women in a circle represent a dance around the fire."

Deer grass and juncus

This basket is a modified se-whal-lal, oval in shape and untraditional in design motifs. It was made by a Chemehuevi basket maker. The Chemehuevi were driven from their homelands on the Colorado River by the Mojave in the late 1800s. Eventually, most of them drifted back to their homes, where a reservation was established for them. A few, however, remained in the Coachella Valley, on Cahuilla reservations, where their basket makers adopted many aspects of Cahuilla basketry technique.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 83 (illustrated/bw) fig. 277.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (6.35 x 38.1 x 34.29 cm)

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