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Maker(s):Anonymous
Culture:Native American; Hopi
Title:Wicker Plaque/Tray
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Container
Materials:rabbit brush, sumac
Place Made:United States; Arizona; Third Mesa; Hopi Reservation
Measurements:15 1/2 in. diameter; 39.37 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1984.35.8
Credit Line:Transfer from Smith College Science Center
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Description:
This woven wicker Hopi "plaque" or flat tray is made from rabbit brush and sumac. Colorful woven images are seen on the white tray. Because the piece is made from wicker-like fibers and because it is a flat woven item, it can be traced to a Third Mesa village within Hopi territory--the only Hopi communities who wove (and still weave) wicker trays. The vibrant colors (red, blue) of the pattern, which appears to mimic a butterfly, signal that aniline dyes were used. AP2018

Tags:
plaques; trays

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