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Unfinished Basket

Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo), Filipe Yepa

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Plant fibers, dyes
DATES ca. 1907
DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 5 in. (3.8 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo) (Native American). Unfinished Basket, ca. 1907. Plant fibers, dyes, 1 1/2 x 5 in. (3.8 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund, 07.467.8229. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 07.467.8229.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Basket woven in coil method by Jemez weaver Filipe Yepa. Although often attributed in style to Navajo or Apache Yepa was one of five or six men making baskets in this style. The red dye was obtained from the Armenian trader in the town. In some houses baskets not in use were suspended from the rafters, bottom side up, in neat rows. Today men in the Jemez Gachupin family still make coiled baskets, Alcario Gachupin purportedly learning from Yepa. Women used such baskets in a ceremonial dance where they held the basket, "life basket", holding all they will consume. The design is the steps of the cycle of life representing both worlds, black and red,-the here on earth and the spirit world.
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Unfinished Basket