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Magdalena Augustine



Basket, c. 1914
Juncus and grass (plant material)
10 x 15 x 15 in. (25.4 x 38.1 x 38.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Emil P. Steffa
Accession Number: P1323
Large restricted hemispherical basket with a flat base. Coiled construction. Black and tan "Greek key" and zigzag band at the top, on buff background. Intermontane region.

Materials
juncus, deer grass and sumac

Commentary
Designs on basketry are, to some extent, limited by the medium. Curvilinear forms are not easy to execute an rectilinear patterns are more grequently found. The Greek key design, often found on Southern California baskets, has no known symbolism.
-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), 32 (illustrated/bw) fig. 43.

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