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Western Apache Artist

Basket, c. 1910
Grass and wood
3 5/16 x 15 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. (8.41 x 39.69 x 40.01 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, New Mexico
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E. H. Parker
Accession Number: P3109
Hemispherical basket with rounded base. Coiled construction. Black on buff. Basket divided into four segments by frets. Each is decorated with crosses, a chevron and an anthropomorphic figure.

Willow shoot and devil's claw

Designs with human figures, crosses and crescents--as in this piece--can be attributed to a religious movement among the Western Apache in the early 1900s. Use of the sacred number four, or multiples of four, is unusual in Apache art.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 34, fig. 59.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 3 5/16 x 15 5/8 x 15 3/4 in. (8.41 x 39.69 x 40.01 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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