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Hopi Artist

Basket, c. 1935
Grass and leaf
7 x 9 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. (17.78 x 24.77 x 24.77 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Pomona College Collection
Accession Number: P5352
Open cylindrical basket with flat base. Coiled construction. Red animal figures and multi-colored faces of kachinas on buff.

grass and yucca leaf

Hopi basketmakers on the Second Mesa made only coiled baskets. The faces depicted in this basket represent the Kachina figures known as "Mudheads" and are worked in the beading technique as well as colored warps. The dyes are indigenous, made from plants. THe black color is derived from sunflower seed, navy bean, soot, coal, ink or resin, or iron alum, while the red dye is made from se-e-ta plant, iron ochre, alder bark, sumac berries, cockscomb flowers, or thelesperma. Tellow results from rabbit brush flowers, sunflowers, or ochre, and green is one of the natural colors of yucca.
- from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection Catalog, 1979-1980

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 21, fig. 21.

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