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Washo Artist



Cooking Basket, c. 1900
Wood and paint
x 7 1/2 in. ( x 19 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Nevada
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1371
Hemispherical cooking basket with a rounded base. Twined construction. Faded brown painted frieze on the buff exterior. Intermontane region.

Materials
willow stem, sapwood, native paint

Commentary
Designs called "connected enclosures" encircle this traditional Washoe cooking basket, executed in diagonal twining with a three-strand twined base and a plain two=strand twined rim. Like the northwestern California groups, the Washoe cooked by dropping hot stones into a basket containing acorn mush or soup.
-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), 38 (illustrated/bw) fig. 81.

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