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Catalog Number 2.3
Object Name Basket, Cooking
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hupp Collection
Collector Rosalie Hupp Baldwin (d)
Description (Heather Martin 2/29/2016) This is a twined bowl made with cordage warps. It has a rounded base and at one time probably had a globular shape, but is now warped and misshapen. The work direction is to the right, the slant of weft is down to the right, and both the warp and wefts are made of Tule (Scirpus sp.). The starting knot is flat and oval shaped and is created by wrapping all of the warp elements in one bundle and then dividing them into smaller bundles as the twining progresses. The start is surrounded by a quarter of an inch of three-strand twining and half an inch of plain twining, all in the darker tule. There is half an inch of diagonal twining that uses one light and one dark weft to create alternating diagonal bands. This is followed by a quarter of an inch of plain twining in light tule and then another half an inch of diagonal twining in alternating colors. The base of the basket is finished with two rows of three-strand twining. The wall of the basket is plain twined and decorated with three repeating bands. The two lower bands have a central solid band in darker tule with vertical lines extending above and below it. The third band is identical except that the central band has two rows of light tule. Just above the final band there is a quarter of an inch where the warps are exposed and decoratively crossed. The basket is finished with three rows of light and then two rows of dark tule. The warps are bound down at the rim on the non-workface with the final twining row and the weft at the end of the last row is secured by knotting it with the final remaining warps. The design is created by substituting undyed, buff colored tule with tule that is either died or naturally darker in color by knotting the new weft with the existing weft on the non-workface.

This basket is consistent with Klamath or Modoc cordage warp bowls. The lack of the use of overlay to create the design suggests that this basket is more likely to be Klamath. This is consistent with Mary Wahl's attribution of a Klamath origin for this basket. The use of three-strand twining, diagonal twining, and crossing the exposed warps are features that distinguish the Klamath and Modoc cordage warp basketry from similar styles of the Atsumawi and Atsugewi. An interesting note is that diagonal twining was not traditionally used by the Klamath and Modoc cultures, rather is an indication that this basket was made later in time to be sold to tourists (Shanks 2015).
Material Tule
Place of Origin Northern California
Provenance Klamath (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Klamath or Modoc (Heather Martin 2/29/2016)
Date Collected: 1910-1920
Dimensions H-6 W-6 Dia-9 inches
Imagefile 004\23-3.JPG
Caption 2.3 front of basket