- Museum number
Basket made of grass (?), roots (?), bark (cedar), using twined technique. Design: flint or obsidian blade (?).
- Production date
Diameter: 7.75 inches
- Curator's comments
Freer label: "183. Klamath Indians S. E. Oregon (Purchased of them by RWS. June 1876)". /// Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "('Flexible' crossed out) basket closely woven of straw coloured grass or roots, with vandyked bands of geometrical ormanent in dark brown on the sides. The bottom is of dark brown cedar bark. Klamath Indians S. E. Oregon. Purchased of them by R. W. Summers. 1876.". [in ink II.110]
Twined; warps willow or hazel. The weft is probably pine or conifer root, overlay of bear grass. Three design elements consisting of opposed triangles forming large Vs. Worked in bear grass and woodwardia fern overlay, with a row of three strand braiding at the rim. Also four bands of three strand braiding at the bottom along the start. Twined to the right.
Typical north eastern California style of weaving. It had a handle made of twisted strip of fabric. Handle suggests that it is a gathering basket.
Design: this oblique parallelogram is often referred to as 'flint' (particularly when it is bisected by alternating chequered pattern) or 'obsidian blade'.
- On display (G26/dc18)
- Exhibition history
2011 1 Aug-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: West Coast Basketry
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.117 (old CDMS no.)