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Yokut Artist

Basket, 1920
Grass and wood
8 x 17 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (20.32 x 45.09 x 43.82 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Robert Brewer
Accession Number: P3211
Conical basket with flat base. Coiled construction. Brown and black tessellate spirals, brown tessellate zones and black and brown letters on buff. Bundle. Stubs inside. Coils right.

Deer grass, brake fern, redbud bark, and slough grass or bunch grass

A mush-boiling basket would occasionally be decorated both with traditional and untraditional design motifs. On this example, the clusters of black lines near the rim represent worms or caterpillars, and the red crosses stand for "flies." Letters of the alphabet, placed singly or grouped around the basket, apparently serve to fill out the design.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 86 (illustrated/bw) fig. 296.


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  • Overall Dimensions: 8 x 17 3/4 x 17 1/4 in. (20.32 x 45.09 x 43.82 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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