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Treasure basket

Museum number:
1-164425
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21010164425
Accession number:
Acc.2311
Object count:
1
Description:
Twined, sub-globular, small; alternating red and straw-color lines in diagonal twining technique. Tag "Klamath River Tribes Att." Per Ralph Shanks: Twined basket bowl. The basket has a crossed warp starting knot, indented. The warp material is probably willow. The background weft is conifer root. The weft overlay is beargrass and red dyed woodwardia fern. At the starting knot there is 3 strand twining for .5 inch followed by 1.5 inches of diagonal twining, followed by one weft row of three strand twining. After that diagonal twining continues until the rim where there are two weft rows of three strand twining. The design is a band of slanted stripes of alternating beargrass and red dyed woodwardia. The basket has an exterior workface with a rightward work direction. The basket has an up to the right slant of weft twist. The overlay is only on the outside. The rim has the warp sticks sticking up above the rim, and are trimmed evenly. It is an uncommon basket, as very few baskets in Northwestern California are made of mostly diagonal twining. There is a hair woven into the basket.
Donor:
Stuart C. Way
Collection place:
Northwestern California
Verbatim coll. place:
California
Culture or time period:
Klamath River Tribes
Collector:
Stuart C. Way
Collection date:
unknown
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.5 Household
Accession date:
1967
Context of use:
Trinket basket.
Department:
Cat. 1: California (archaeology and ethnology)
Dimensions:
diameter 6.7 centimeters and height 4.8 centimeters
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