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Luis' Wife

Basket, 1914
Juncus and grass (plant material)
2 1/2 x 15 x 13 1/2 in. (6 x 38 x 34 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1207
Oblong, hemispherical basket with a flat base. Made with coiled construction. "The center…a bed of coals (black, with light brown flames.) Figures of men and women in a circle represent a dance around the fire."

juncus and deer grass

This basket is a modified se-whal-lal, oval in shape and untraditional in design motifs. It was made by a Chemehuevi basket-maket. The Chemeheuvi were driven from their homelands on the Colorado River by the Mojave in the late 1800s. Eventually, most of them drifted back to their homes where a reservation was established for them; a few, however, remianed in the Coachella valley, on Cahuilla reservations, where their basketmakers adopted many aspects of Cahuilla basketry technique.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 83 (illustrated/bw) fig. 277.

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