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Catalog Number 2.6
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Other Name goblet shaped basket
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hupp Collection
Collector Rosalie Hupp Baldwin
Description (Heather Martin 3/18/2016) This is a twined pedestaled bowl or cup made with cordage warps. It is misshapen due to the flexibility in the warp materials. The basket was started at the narrow neck and then woven in opposite directions to form the bowl and the pedestal. The slant of weft is down to the right, the workface is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. The entire basket is plain-twined using tule (Scirpus. sp) warps and wefts with a double-sided overlay of Phragmites and designs done in an overlay of mud-dyed tule. The pedestal is buff colored until the last half inch, which is done in checkered buff and dark colors. The design in the bowl appears to be a series of random stair-stepping segments that evenly fill the basket's surface. To alternate colors, the weaver knotted new and old weft elements on the non-workface. The rim finish on both the bowl and the pedestal are created by binding the warps down on the non-workface using a commercial string. However, the final three and a half inches of the last row of the bowl lacks the commercial string. Instead the warps appear to be clipped bellow the final row and, the tule wefts of the last row, lacking any overlay, are lashed to the previous row with tule to finish the basket. The final weft row of the pedestal is also lashed with tule.

Baskets with cordage warps such as this were made by the Klamath, Modoc, Achumawi, and Atsugewi of northeastern California and Oregon. Of these groups, only the Klamath and Modoc used mud-dyed tule for designs (Shanks 2015:120). Further, the Klamath more often used Phragmites (Kroeber 1925:331). The pedestaled shape of this basket is not a traditional form. Instead, baskets were often made in this shape to sell to non-Native collectors and tourists. This contradicts Mary Wahl who identified the buff material as bear grass, which influenced her attribution of a Modoc origin for this basket.

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Modoc, but basket is a white person’s request or influence. Bear grass signifies it is Modoc.
Material tule
Place of Origin northeastern California
Provenance Modoc (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Klamath (Heather Martin 3/18/2016)
Dimensions H-13.5 Dia-19 cm
Imagefile 004\26-3.JPG
Caption 2.6 front of basket