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Californian Tribe Artist


Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians Artist


John Fig Tree (aka Juanito Razon, John Razon)



Basket, c. 1910
Juncus and grass (plant material) and dye
4 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (12 x 19 x 19 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1228
Restricted hemispherical basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. Red and brown elongated fret design on buff, and three red circles on the base.

Materials
juncus, deer grass, sumac and dye

Commentary
The red in the designs decorating this basket was obtained with analine dye. Atypically, the basket was made by a man; traditioanlly among the Cahuilla, only older women and young girls produced baskets. In other respects, the basket follows traditional techniques and uses traditional materials.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 84, fig. 284.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 4 3/4 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (12 x 19.05 x 19.05 cm)

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