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Modoc Artist



Basket, 1910
Grass and wood
x 16 9/16 in. ( x 42 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1112
Sub-conical basket made of twined construction. Two concentric circles of zigzag design in buff and dark brown on medium brown.

Materials
squaw grass and tule root and stem

Commentary
The Modoc used flexible trays such as this for gambling and winnowing. Often the same tray was used for both purposes, but only the more recent would have been used for gambling. In gambling, the tray would cover a group of sticks, one of which was painted differently than the others. One player would shift the sticks from hand to hand under the tray and then pull his hands out, His opponent would ahve to guess which hand held the specially marked stick.
-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), 40-41 (illustrated/bw 40) fig. 104.

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