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Pima Artist

Basket Tray, c. 1920
Grass and wood
x 12 3/16 in. ( x 31 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Pomona College Collection
Accession Number: P5011
Coiled construction. Dark brown design on buff: maze with a figure at entrance. Maze design called "Siuhu Ki…He lived far in the mountains, where trails became so confused that no one could follow him" Design represents the house of "Siuhu."

cattail, willow sapwood and devil's claw

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 38-39 (illustrated/bw 38) fig. 89.
See J. Frederick, 'Indian Art in America,' plate 162, Greenwich, Conn., 1962.
Refer to 'Indian Art in America,' plate 162, by Frederick J. Dockstader regarding maze design.

Like the Hopi, the Pima employed trays for serving food. The maze design, a relatively recent one for Pima basketmakers, may represent the trail to Siuhu, and may have been inspired by a drawing on the wall of Casa Grande, Arizona, an ancient Hohokam ruin.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

"This maze design is called Siuhu Ki, and represents the house of Siuhu...He lived far in the Mountains, where trails became so confused that no one could follow him." - from Frederick J. Dockstader, Indian Art in America (Greenwich CT, 1962), plate 162.

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