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Catalog Number 29.2
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Collection Mrs. Carl Johnson Basketry Collection
Collector Mrs. Carl Johnson
Description (Heather Martin 3/18/2016) This is a small twined bowl made with cordage warps. The bowl is round with fairly straight sides. The slant of weft is down to the right, the workface is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. The indented start is created by wrapping all of the warp elements in one bundle and then dividing them into smaller bundles as the twining progresses. The entire basket is plain twined using mud-dyed and undyed tule (Scirpus sp.). The first three-quarters of an inch of the basket consists of alternating light and dark vertical bands. After about a half an inch of light tule there are two rows of three-strand twining of both light and dark colors. At the point where the basket walls begin there are repeating pyramid-shaped design elements made of three rectangles. Another larger series of pyramid-shaped designs, bordered above and below with checkered bands, makes up the design on the walls of the basket. New weft elements are knotted to old ones in the undecorated portions of the basket. Where the solid decoration elements exist, however, the unused wefts are floated on the back face. The basket has a decorated edge created by allowing the warps to extend from the edge of the basket and then binding down on the interior of the basket approximately one inch to the right, creating a loop. Between the loops there are warps that are not incorporated into the decorative edge, these warps are bound down on the interior. The end of the last weft row is knotted. On the base of the basket there appears to be faint red color, possibly a dye that spread from the basket becoming wet. This reddish color can also be seen in the dark tule on the walls of the basket. Many of the decorative warps at the rim have become dethatched or lost completely, but there are no signs of Native use.

Baskets with cordage warps such as this were made by the Klamath, Modoc, Achumawi, and Atsugewi of northeastern California and Oregon. The lack of overlay and the use of mud-dyed tule for the design material indicate that this basket was made by a Klamath and Modoc weaver (Shanks 2015:74, 120). The decorative edge and the use to red dye are not traditional characteristics and indicate that this basket was made for sale to non-Native people. The original record for this basket indicates that is came from Alaska around the year 1900. Mary Wahl attributed the basket to the Klamath, which is in line with the current attribution.

(Paul Russel 3/9/1996) This basket was brought to the United States from Alaska approximately 60 years ago (1900) by Mr. William Johnston, uncle of Mrs. Johnson, as stated by collector. Identified as being made from tule by members of Chewyien Pomo Native Basket Makers Assoc.

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Klamath, older basket.
Material tule
Place of Origin California or Alaska
Provenance Alaska (Mrs. Johnson)
Klamath (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Klamath (Heather Martin 3/18/2016)
Date Collected: ?
Dimensions H-10 Dia-19 cm
Imagefile 004\292-2.JPG
Caption 29.2 interior of basket