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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Akimel O'odham (Pima)
Title:Basket Tray
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Container
Materials:willow, "basket claw" (plant also known as "devil's claw")
Place Made:United States; Central-Southern Arizona
Measurements:16 3/8 in. diameter; 41.5925 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1975.43.5
Credit Line:Gift of Grace Neill, class of 1912
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art
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Description:
This woven Pima tray primarily consists of dried willow (comprising the lighter colored or "white" background), as well as "basket claw" (or "devil's claw") fiber, which accounts for the black maze-like design and large dark circle. The basket is finished with a braided edge. Because basket claw becomes naturally black as it is dried for weaving, the basket's patterns will not easily fade--compared to if the basket was made out of dyed fibers. AP2018

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baskets

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