Skip to Content ☰ Open Filter >>

Plateau/Intermontane Culture

Showing 7 of 64

Modoc Artist

Basket, c. 1910
Grass and wood
3 9/16 x 16 3/8 x 16 1/2 in. (9.05 x 41.59 x 41.91 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Northern 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.

Squaw grass, tule root, and stem

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 have to guess which hand held the specially marked stick.

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.

Keywords Click a term to view the records with the same keyword
This object has the following keywords:

  • Overall Dimensions: 3 9/16 x 16 3/8 x 16 1/2 in. (9.05 x 41.59 x 41.91 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

Bibliography List
This object has the following bibliographic references:

Portfolio List Click a portfolio name to view all the objects in that portfolio
This object is a member of the following portfolios:

Your current search criteria is: Portfolio is "Plateau/Intermontane Culture".

The content on this website is subject to change as collection records are researched and refined and may be subject to copyright restrictions.
For further inquiries, contact Associate Director/Registrar Steve Comba at