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Basket "Tulare bottleneck", n.d.
Grass
3 9/16 in. x 4 15/16 in. (9 cm x 12.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P0601
Ring-necked restricted hemispherical basket, coiled construction. Six rings of white zigzags on black, and a black ring around the neck.

Materials
deer grass, brake fern, and slough or bunch grass

Bibliography
"Published in Pomona Today, Spring 1985, ""Native American and European World Views,"" p. 2."
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 41 (illustrated/bw) fig. 107.

Commentary
This type of basket, frequently called "Tulare bottleneck," despite the name, was not made by the Tulare subtribe, but by other subtribes of Yokuts as well as the Monache. During hte snake ceremony, the shaman would put his hand inside the basket to show his power over the snake within it. Several kinds of snakes ight be used, including rattlesnakes.
-from the Native American Art fromt he Permanent Collection Catalog, 1976

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