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Basket Plaque, c. 1900
Grass and leaf
x 11 13/16 in. ( x 30 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Braiding)
Credit Line: Pomona College Collection
Accession Number: P5061
Wicker construction. Red, brown, and black human figure on buff.

Materials
wild currant, rabbit brush stems and yucca leaf

Commentary
The Yellow Corn Maiden Kachina decorates this wicker basket, distinguished by a yellow face and long hari. Basketry trays are used in the kiva, an underground ceremonial chamber, to hold sacred pollen and prayer sticks, or they may be carried by kackina dancers.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

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), 42 (illustrated/bw) fig. 110.

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