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Western Apache Artist



Basket, c. 1910
Grass and wood
4 3/4 in. x 20 1/2 in. (12 cm x 52 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P3116
Hemispherical basket with flat base. Coiled construction. Tessellate band divides basket into two segments. Lower segment is filled with zoomorphic figures, crosses, and arrowheads, with five pointed star on the base. Upper segment contains alternating anthropomorphic and zoomorphic figures. Black rim. Black designs on buff.

Materials
willow shoot, sapwood and devil's claw

Commentary
Design motifs in most Western Apache baskets dating after the 1880s are very complex. The sun motif in the center of this example is traditional, as is the checkered band, which is called "beads." The human figures wearing headdresses represent gan dancers; representations of horses, dogs, and unspecific quadrupeds. In a departure from tradtion, human and animal figures and crosses were incorporated into Western Apache baskets inteded both for sale and for antive use.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 86 (illustrated/bw) fig. 295.

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