Arts of the Americas
Cedar root, bark, grass, dye
late 19th or early 20th century
10 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (26 x 27 x 27 cm) (show scale)
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Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund
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Skokomish, Coast Salish. Basket, late 19th or early 20th century. Cedar root, bark, grass, dye, 10 1/4 x 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in. (26 x 27 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 46.193.7. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.193.7_PS1.jpg)
overall, 46.193.7_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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The object is a burden basket. The rim at the top is decorated with a basketry cord attached to the main basket at intervals of approximately 2 1/2 inches, creating a scalloped edge. The design is made by the imbrication techinque. Below the scalloped edge is a row of wolves with their tails up, (a characteristic marker of identity) circling the rim counterclockwise. There is a wave pattern throughout created by imbrication. There are four colors on the basket. The body of the basket is a natural warm brown color. The imbrication areas are natural light straw, natural? red, and dyed? dark brown. The basket is in good and stable condition. On the interior, there are some detached basketry fibers.
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