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Accession number 1993.16
Catalog Number 1993.16.1
Object Name basket
Description Large, squat coiled sweetgrass basket. Purchased at the Tribal Fair, Hollywood. The flat lid has a woman's head in the middle of it. The woman's head is formed from palmetto fronds, with glass beaded necklace and earrings and wool yarn embroidered facial features. The basket and lid sweetgrass coils are sewn together with the traditional chevron shaped cotton embroidery thread stitches. In addition to these construction stitches, there are larger geometric designs in the shape of diamonds, "X"s, triangles and diagonal lines in black, purple, red, orange, yellow and pink. These larger designs are formed by wrapping the sweetgrass coils with the cotton embroidery floss so that none of the sweetgrass core is visible. There is no palmetto circle at the base of the basket. There is a small lip of cellulosic (wood? Palmetto stem?) strips sewn perpendicular to the bottom side of the lid that helps stabilize the lid when the basket is closed.
Date 2/14/1993
Artist Elaine J. Aguilar
Dimensions H-38.1 W-20 Cir-167.64 cm
Collection Baskets
Height (cm) 38.1
Imagefile 001\1993161.JPG
Width (cm) 20