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Hopi Artist

Basket Plaque, c. 1910
Grass and leaf
12 5/8 x 12 9/16 x 15/16 in. (32.07 x 31.91 x 2.38 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Pomona College Collection
Accession Number: P5055
Flat basket plaque. Coiled construction. Brown and tan geometric design on buff, radiating from center.

Grass and yucca leaf

To the Hopi, the basket's field represents the sky; the center of the basket symbolizes the center of the sky, and the rim stands for the horizon. Bird images always point their beaks toward the center of the sky.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 42, fig. 113.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 12 5/8 x 12 9/16 x 15/16 in. (32.07 x 31.91 x 2.38 cm) Measured by Martin, Jack

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