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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Tlingit
Title:Basket
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Container
Materials:spruce root, bear grass
Place Made:United States; Canada; Northwest Coast; Northern British Columbian Coast to Southern Alaska
Measurements:6 5/8 x 10 3/4 in. diameter; 16.8275 x 27.305 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1960.142
Credit Line:Gift of Charlotte Heussy McAllister, class of 1930
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Description:
This Tlingit basket is representative of most Tlingit basketry. Made out of finely twined Sitka spruce root, the basket is flexible and was likely originally stored in a folded or flattened position. The "embroidered" geometric decoration that surrounds the entire basket consists of dyed bear grass. Bear grass was dyed with either native plants or with commercial aniline dyes during and after the 1890s (when the tourist trade allowed Tlingit women to acquire aniline dyes from Europeans). The design consists of a yellow zigzag pattern, featuring red rectangles. AP2018

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baskets

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