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Western Apache Artist

Basket Olla: Water Jar, c. 1920
Hair (animal) and leather
7 9/16 x 6 x 5 7/8 in. (19.21 x 15.24 x 14.92 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, New Mexico
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1448
Basket olla with a flared opening and a flat base. Coiled construction, with two braided horsehair rings and a leather handle. Canvas is glued onto the base.

Willow, sumac, horsehair, leather, canvas, and pitch

Jicarilla Apache water jars are usually constructed with a single-rod foundation of willow stems. The inside and neck of the basket are coated with pitch. Geronimo's wife is said to have owned this basket.

Geronimo's wife is said to have owned this basket.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 20, fig. 13.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 7 9/16 x 6 x 5 7/8 in. (19.21 x 15.24 x 14.92 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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