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Pomo Artist

Basket, c. 1930
x 11 7/16 in. ( x 29 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. George S. Sumner
Accession Number: P1951
Hemispherical basket with a rounded shape. Twined construction. Two bands of interconnected brown diamonds around the circumference, on an orangey-blond ground. The triangular design on this basket is known as "turtle-back," "acorn," "turtle-neck," or "arrowhead interlocking."

Willow, redbud bark and sapwood

Pmo baskets are often constructed of plain two-strand twining, with three-strand twining or braid, for the base and sides for added strength. Designs of redbud bark are usual. THe triangular design on this basket is name "turtle-back," "acorn," "turtle-neck," or "arrowhead interlocking." Traditionally, a Pomo basketmaker would not make a perfect pattern; each band of design contains a break where the design changes. A basketmaker who did not follow this tradition was supposedly doomed to blindness.
- from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection Catalog, 1979-1980

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 18-19 (illustrated/bw 18) fig. 6.

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