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Washo Artist

Cooking Basket, c. 1900
Wood and paint
5 1/16 x 7 3/4 x 7 9/16 in. (12.86 x 19.69 x 19.21 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Nevada and California
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1371
Hemispherical cooking basket with a rounded base. Twined construction. Faded brown painted frieze on the buff exterior. Intermontane region.

Willow stem and sapwood, and native paint

Designs called "connected enclosures" encircle this traditional Washoe cooking basket. Like the Northwestern California groups, the Washoe cooked by dropping hot stones into a basket containing acorn mush or soup.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 38 (illustrated/bw) fig. 81.

Executed in diagonal twining with a three-strand twined base and a plain two-strand twined rim.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 5 1/16 x 7 3/4 x 7 9/16 in. (12.86 x 19.69 x 19.21 cm) Measured by Martin, Jack

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