Mary Kea'a'ala Azbill (Maidu, 1864–1932). <em>Coiled Presentation Bowl</em>, late 19th–early 20th century. Sedge root, briar root, willow shoots, 8 × 14 3/4 × 14 3/4 in. (20.3 × 37.5 × 37.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1906, Museum Collection Fund, 06.331.8050. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.331.8050_SL1.jpg)

Coiled Presentation Bowl

Artist:Mary Kea'a'ala Azbill

Medium: Sedge root, briar root, willow shoots

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Dates:late 19th–early 20th century

Dimensions: 8 × 14 3/4 × 14 3/4 in. (20.3 × 37.5 × 37.5 cm)



Accession Number: 06.331.8050

Image: 06.331.8050_SL1.jpg,

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.

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