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Stalo Artist



Cradle, c. 1910
Wood and leather
27 3/16 x 10 1/16 x 4 1/4 in. (69.06 x 25.56 x 10.8 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, British Columbia
Technique: Carving and leatherworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2097
Long and narrow, light brown basketry cradle. The interior has no decoration, and the exterior is patterned with small fields of evenly spaced geometric designs, alternating brown and dark green. Thin leather thongs weave in and out of the bottom of the basket and down both sides. There is a thin wooden carrying handle, and leather carrying straps at the top and bottom of the cradle. The carrying straps are attached to one another with a red and white cloth strip, which has an arrow pattern.

Materials
Cedar strips, wild cherry bark, rushes, and leather

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 44, fig. 123.

Commentary
The Frazer River Salish or Stalo did not make this type of baby carrier until the 1800s, when they adopted the style from the Lillcoot and Thompson. The Stalo and other Northwest Coast tribes often transported the baby in its carrier horizontally across the back.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 27 3/16 x 10 1/16 x 4 1/4 in. (69.06 x 25.56 x 10.8 cm) Measured by Haave, Lilly

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