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Catalog Number 045.011
Object Name Basket, Storage
Other Name Water Bottle
Collection Dr. Fred R. Neumann Basketry Collection
Collector Dr. Fred R. Neumann
Description (Heather Martin 6/11/15) This is a small twined water bottle. It has a pointed bottom and the neck is constricted with a slight flare at the rim. The basket is close-twined with a slightly undulating surface. This shape is typical of a water bottle, with a pointed bottom that allowed for it to sit upright in the bottom of a conical burden basket and a constricted mouth that prevented water loss. The slant of weft is up to the right, the workface is the exterior, and the work direction is to the right. The basket has a cross warp start, with the exterior warps wrapped in weft material. After the start, there is half-inch of three-strand twining and then the basket is diagonally twined to the rim. The warps are trimmed at the rim with a coil row incasing the warp ends and the final twined row. The fag ends are laid in, however the moving ends are not visible due to the restricted mouth of the basket. Both the warps and the wefts are probably willow (Salix sp.). The warps are added by incorporating them into preexisting weft crossings. The basket has subtle design bands made by alternating peeled, unpeeled, and sunburned willow. The bands near the base are difficult to distinguish, but appear to be fairly random. Where the basket is widest, there are two bands, one at the upper and lower portions of this section that consist of diagonal lines. There is a final band of diagonal lines covering the constricted mouth. Between the two bands at the widest portion there are two handles attached. Each handle consist of two loops of natural cordage with an S-twist. The handles are five inches apart. This basket has no signs of use. The interior is not coated with pitch, which was the traditional way of making the basket water-tight.

This basket is consistent with traditional Paiute water bottles, which is in agreeance with the attribution made by Mary Wahl. Although many Southern California and Great Basin cultures made water bottles, only the Paiute and Chemehuevi used primarily willow for these baskets, and only the Paiute are known to use designs made of sunburned willow or to make bottles with pointed bottoms (Shanks 2010:139).

(Mary Wahl 4/19/2001) Paiute, basket for water. Shape is designed to keep some water if the basket is dropped.
Material Willow
Place of Origin Eastern CA, Eastern OR, Western NV
Provenance Paiute (Mary Wahl 4/19/2001)
Paiute (Heather Martin 6/11/15)
Dimensions H-11 Cir-20 inches
Imagefile 001\045011.JPG
Caption 045.011 image of the water bottle resting on its side