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Hopi Artist



Basket Plaque, c. 1910
Grass and leaf
x 12 5/8 in. ( x 32 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
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.

Materials
grass and yucca leaf

Commentary
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.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Bibliography
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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