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Treasure basket

Museum number:
1-164422
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm21010164422
Accession number:
Acc.2311
Object count:
1
Description:
Twined; globular; black designs on light ground; 4 diamonds each bordered by triangles. Old tag says $2.10. Rim is out of shape. Tag "Klamath River Tribes Att.". Second tag "Klamath R. Tribes". Per Ralph Shanks: Globular twined basket bowl. The basket has a crossed warp starting knot. The warp material is possibly hazel or willow. The background weft is conifer root. The weft overlay is beargrass and maiden hair fern. At the starting knot there is 1 inch of three strand twining. After that plain twining, that has bear grass overlay, for 1 inch followed by 2 rows of three strand twining. After that there is plain twining until the rim where there is 2 weft rows of three strand twining. The design includes a band of alternating diagonal black and tan lines on the base. The primary design is four diamonds with diagonal stripes inside them and surrounded by triangles. At the rim there another row of alternating diagonal black and tan lines. 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 is trimmed, and is unraveling. The basket is from Northwest California, possibly Yurok or Wiyot based on the design.
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:
1933
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
1.5 Household
Accession date:
1967
Context of use:
Trinket basket.
Department:
Cat. 1: California (archaeology and ethnology)
Dimensions:
diameter 12 centimeters and height 10 centimeters
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