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Catalog Number 2.5
Object Name Basket, Trinket
Collection Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hupp Collection
Collector Rosalie Hupp Baldwin (d)
Description (Heather Martin 7/11/2016) This is a small coiled bowl with straight, slightly flaring sides. The work direction is the exterior and the work direction is to the left. The basket has a grass bundle foundation and closely spaced, non-interlocking stitches. The slant of weft is up to the right, and there are some split stitches on the interior, though they seem to be unintentional due to their random nature. The basket has a non-indented tight spiral start and a design that consists of an all-over repeating geometric vertical and horizontal bars. The background material is probably willow (Salix sp.) and the design material is devil's claw pod (Harpagophytum procumbens). The design is created by substituting the weft material, clipping the fag ends on the exterior and concealing the moving ends on the interior. The rim is finished with diagonal overstitching in black and the coil ending is blunt with the final stitch binding down the previous stitch before it is clipped on the interior.

This basket most closely resembles those made in the O'odham regional complex of the Southwest, which includes the Pima (Akimel O'odham) and the Papago (Tohono O'odham). The bear grass (Nolina microcarpa) foundation and exterior workface are distinct Papago traits, while the diagonal rim finish is typically a Pima trait (Kania and Blaugrund 2014:97). Further, the start of this basket does not match the trends of either culture, who traditionally use plaited starts (Kissel 1916:206). While this basket does not match either culture perfectly, it is likely that it was made by a weaver who was influenced by both cultures. This is somewhat consistent with Mary Wahl's attribution of a Pima origin for this basket.


Mary Wahl (4/19/2001) Identified basket as Pima.
Material willow, devil's claw
Place of Origin Arizona
Provenance Pima or Papago (Heather Martin 7/11/2016)
Pima (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Date Collected: 1910-1920
Dimensions H-2.5 Dia-3 inches
Imagefile 004\25-3.JPG
Caption 2.5 front of basket