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Hopi Artist



Basket Plaque, c. 1900
Grass and leaf and dye
x 14 15/16 in. ( x 38 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Braiding)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P3117
Sub-hemispherical basket plaque. Wicker construction. Green, orange, red, tan, black, and white anthropomorphic design.

Materials
wild currant, rabbit brush, yucca leaf, analine dye and kaolin

Commentary
The figure represented here may be Butterfly Maiden, who has an important role in Hopi cosmology. The use of analine dye indicated that this basket was produced before 1904.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Sarah Allen and Julia Patzelt, Beyond Appearance: Constructing Likeness (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2003), 6 and 8 (illustrated/ color).
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 83, fig. 278.

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