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Cassie Boniface

Basket, 1913
Juncus and grass (plant material) and dye
x 11 in. ( x 28 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1240
Hemispherical basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. Six-color decorative motif based on a central seven-pointed star.

juncus, deer grass, sumac and dye

Five colors are used in this particularly fine example. The purple is not ttaitional in Cahuilla basketry, and it may have been produced with a commercial dye or with berries.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 84 (illustrated/bw) fig. 286.

The Basket is in the Roots. Teaching Museum, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, February 3 - June 9, 2006.

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