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Tohono O'odham Artist

Basket, c. 1905
Grass and leaf
14 3/4 x 10 9/16 x 11 in. (37.47 x 26.83 x 27.94 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1507
Large, vase-shaped basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. Decorated with vertical rows of brown anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures on buff, and brown and buff stripes around the wrapped rim.

Bear grass, yucca leaf, and devil's claw

The olla shape of this basket is not traditional among the Papago but became popular for sale to tourists The use of human and animal figures is also untraditional, with the traditional motifs employed resembling those of the Pima geometric style. The use of yucca for sewing or wrapping baskets was a relatively late innovation, replacing willow sapwood.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 90 (illustrated/bw) fig. 315.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 14 3/4 x 10 9/16 x 11 in. (37.47 x 26.83 x 27.94 cm) Measured by Haave, Lilly

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