Grass and wood
x 12 3/16 in. ( x 31 cm)
North America, Native American
Pomona College Collection
Coiled construction. Dark brown design on buff: maze with a figure at entrance. Maze design called "Siuhu Ki…He lived far in the mountains, where trails became so confused that no one could follow him" Design represents the house of "Siuhu."
cattail, willow sapwood and devil's claw
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 38-39 (illustrated/bw 38) fig. 89. See J. Frederick, 'Indian Art in America,' plate 162, Greenwich, Conn., 1962. Refer to 'Indian Art in America,' plate 162, by Frederick J. Dockstader regarding maze design.
Like the Hopi, the Pima employed trays for serving food. The maze design, a relatively recent one for Pima basketmakers, amy represent the trail to Siuhu, and may have been inspired by a drawing on the wall of Casa Grande, Arizona, an ancient Hohokam ruin. -from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976
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