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Tohono O'odham Artist

Basket, c. 1900
Grass and leaf
4 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (12.07 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P5017
Ring-necked olla with flat base. Coiled construction with wrapped openwork coil zigzag around neck. Black tessellate pattern on buff.

Bear grass, yucca leaf, and devil's claw

For wrapping the coils of their baskets, the Papago originally relied heavily on devil's claw plant, as willow was difficult to obtain. When they began using yucca, the quantity of black in their designs lessened. The openwork coils at the neck of this olla reflect another technical change added for the tourist trade; it was used primarily by the Papago.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 89, fig. 310.

Jonathan Tibbet Collection.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (12.07 x 16.51 x 16.51 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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