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Diné (Navajo) and Havasupai Baskets

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Diné (Navajo) Artist

Wedding Basket, c. 1910
Grass and wood
3 7/16 x 17 1/4 x 17 3/16 in. (8.73 x 43.82 x 43.66 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P1914
Sub-hemispherical with a flat base. Coiled construction. 'Wedding Basket' design: two bands of interconnected triangles in black, brown, and buff with a traditional 'spirit break.'

Willow stem and sumac

An Apache, Ute, or Paiute, rather than a Navajo basket maker produced this traditionally-colored reddish-brown and black Navajo "wedding basket." The black results from a mixture of coal, sumac leaves, and resin; the reddish-brown from a mixture of mountain mahogany, juniper roots, and alder bark.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 87, fig. 303.

Angle Collection.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 3 7/16 x 17 1/4 x 17 3/16 in. (8.73 x 43.82 x 43.66 cm) Measured by Haave, Lilly

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