Artist:Mary Kea'a'ala Azbill
Medium: Sedge root, briar root, willow shoots
Dates:late 19th-early 20th century
Dimensions: height: 8 in. (20.3 cm) diameter: 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm)
Museum Location: Brooklyn Museum, BMA, 5H14, 6B
Accession Number: 06.331.8050
Catalogue Description: Coiled tan basket with brown, triangle-like designs. The bark design elements are woven in briar root, which has limited distribution in California. While it is a difficult material to trim and work with it is a favorite material of Mary Azbil and she used it especially on baskets she made for family and friends. The design layout requires a great deal of planning and patience. Presentation baskets are invariably fancier than everyday containers and this basket appears to have never been used for food.