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Mush basket

Museum number:
1-10282
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21010010282
Alternate number:
498 (original number)
Accession number:
Acc.216, Acc.217, Acc.218, Acc.220, Acc.222, Acc.226, Acc.227, Acc.229, Acc.230, Acc.231, Acc.234, Acc.235, Acc.236, Acc.237, Acc.238, Acc.241, Acc.242, Acc.243, Acc.244, Acc.245, Acc.246, Acc.249, Acc.250, Acc.251, and Acc.254
Object count:
1
Count note:
1
Description:
Mush basket; coiled. Warp is Willow (Salix), weft is Redbud (Cercis occidentalis). Black pattern is Brake fern (Pteris quilina). Ceremonial basket, very large, with flaring sides. Coiled. Bands of deep red (redbud) diagonal zigzags and outlined diamond shapes. 3-rod coiling with split stitching on interior.
Donor:
Phoebe Apperson Hearst and Samuel A. Barrett
Collection place:
South Central California
Verbatim coll. place:
California
Culture or time period:
Eastern Miwok and Maidu
Collector:
Johnnie Ephe, John Starkey, Samuel A. Barrett, and William Fuller
Collection date:
1906
Materials:
Brake fern, Redbud, and Willow
Taxon:
Cercis occidentalis, Pteris quilina, and Salix
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.5 Household
Accession date:
1906
Context of use:
Barrett notes that it was used exclusively for serving mush on ceremonial occasions. Typical of the kind of basket used by chiefs for serving food at feasts. "The basket...had been given as a wedding present to Johnnie Ephe...by his father-in-law...
Department:
Cat. 1: California (archaeology and ethnology)
Dimensions:
height 57 centimeters and diameter 73 centimeters
Comment:
Materials: For further information, cf. Supplementary Catalogue 1, p. 42. Photo: 15-2773. Published: Milw. Publ. Mus. Bull., v. 2, pl. 40.
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