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Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians Artist



Basket Hat, c. 1900
Juncus and grass (plant material)
4 1/2 in. x 7 11/16 in. (11.5 cm x 19.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1118
Conical basket hat with flat base, made with coiled construction. Black and orange stripe on buff. Used as a hat; carrying net made of braided water fern is attached.

Materials
juncus, deer grass, sumac, agave and water fern

Commentary
When Cahuilla and other groups in southern California used nets for carrying budens on their backs, they wore special hats connected to the net for protection.
-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), 35, fig. 63.

Edition
The Basket is in the Roots. Teaching Museum, California State University, Fullerton, Fullerton, CA, February 3 - June 9, 2006.

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