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Hupa Artist



Basket, c. 1900
Grass and wood
x 5 7/8 in. ( x 15 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, California
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1110
Restricted hemispherical basket with rounded base. Twined construction. Brown zigzags on cream; this design is known as "worm stairway." Unfinished interior and rim.

Materials
Hazel, deciduous tree root, squaw grass and maidenhair fern

Commentary
The overlay material has not been cut from the interior of this basket, and the rim is also unfinished, making the process of plain two-strand twining with a half-twist overlay clearly visible. The design is known as "worm stairway."
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection Catalog, 1979-1980

Bibliography
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. 7.

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