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Western Apache Artist

Basket, n.d.
Grass and wood
x 15 3/4 in. ( x 40 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P3109
Hemispherical basket with rounded base. Coiled construction. Black on buff. Basket divided into four segments by frets. Each is decorated with crosses, a chevron and an anthropomorphic figure.

willow shoot and devil's claw

Designs with human figures, crosses and crescents--as in this piece--can be attributed to a religious movement amoung the Western Apache in the early 1900s. use of the sacred number four, or multiples of four, is unusual in Apache art.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 34, fig. 59.

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