willow shoot, sapwood and devil's claw
Design motifs in most Western Apache baskets dating after the 1880s are very complex. The sun motif in the center of this example is traditional, as is the checkered band, which is called "beads." The human figures wearing headdresses represent gan dancers; representations of horses, dogs, and unspecific quadrupeds. In a departure from tradtion, human and animal figures and crosses were incorporated into Western Apache baskets inteded both for sale and for antive use.
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 86 (illustrated/bw) fig. 295.
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