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Mrs. Lopez



Basket, 1914
Juncus and grass (plant material)
2 9/16 x 10 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (6.51 x 25.88 x 25.88 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1319
Slightly flared cylindrical basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. Black and brown designs on buff. Rattlesnake around sides, and an eight-petaled flower on the base.

Materials
juncus, deer grass and sumac

Commentary
Neither the once popular rattlesnake motif nor the flower motif was traditional. This basket also uses bundle foundation coils instead of the traditional three-rod foundation and substitutes Juncus for devil's claw for the black design.
-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), 90, fig. 318.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 2 9/16 x 10 3/16 x 10 3/16 in. (6.51 x 25.88 x 25.88 cm) Measured by Martin, Jack

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