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Hopper Morta Basket, c. 1900
Wood
19 1/8 in. (48.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1129
Hemispherical basket with base missing. Made with twined construction. Red and blue stripes on brown, with lattice twining near the bottom. The solid linear design is called "striped watersnake," and the red and white rectangles are known as "finishing design."

Materials
Willow stem, grape sapwood, pine root and redbud bark

Commentary
baskets such as this are used to contain acorns, seeds, and nuts while they are being pounded into flour. Placed on a flate stone, which usually has a slight depression in the center, they prevent the food from being scattered. Lattice twining near the bottom rim, and on the sides adds strength. The solid linear design is called "striped watersnake," and the red and white rectangles are known as "finishing design."
-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), 36, fig. 73.

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