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Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians Artist



Basket, 1909
Juncus and grass (plant material)
2 3/4 in. x 13 in. (7 cm x 33 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1285
Oblong restricted hemispherical basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. The rim is unfinished, revealing the grass-coil foundation. Black and tan Greek key design on buff.

Materials
juncus, deer grass and sumac

Commentary
The grass bundle foundation was left unwrapped in this unfinished basket. The black section is dyed Juncus, while the other areas retain the natural color of Juncus and sumac.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection Catalog, 1979-1980

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 20 (illustrated/bw) fig. 15.

Edition
The Basket is in the Roots. Teaching Museum, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, February 3 - June 9, 2006.

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