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Mescalero Apache Artist



Basket, c. 1905
Leaf and wood (plant material)
x 19 11/16 in. ( x 50 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P3121
Hemispherical basket with flat base. Coiled construction. Six-pointed star in shades of yellow, red, tan on buff.

Materials
willow stem, yucca leaf, narrow leaf and yucca root

Commentary
Religious symbolism frequently appears on basketry of southen California. The morning star, which in this example appears outlined in red narrow leaf yucca root, is an important element in Mescalero Apache cosmology.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 33-34 (illustrated/bw 33) fig. 58.

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