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Aleut Artist



Cigar Holder, c. 1900
Grass and thread
5 1/2 in. (14 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Alaska
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P0914
Two interfitting flexible pouches, decorated with bands of twining and wrapped twining with small colored flower-patterned imbricate. Cross-wrapped twining on the base and rim, using silk thread. The cigar holder was a prevalent Aleut basket type for many years. In a more traditional example, the false embroidery designs worked in silk thread would have been worked in dyed grass instead.

Materials
rye grass and silk thread

Commentary
The cigar holder was a prevalent Aleut basket tyle for many years, and this example is characterized by its fine craftsmanship. It was common for American seamen to purchase cigar holders on their travels and later to sell them at a profit. The false embroidery designs worked in silk thread would have been of dyed grass in a more tradtional example.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 88 (illustrated/bw) fig. 307.

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