Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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basketry water jar
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • basketry water jar, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • plant fiber, gum resin, horse hair, leather, metal, string, coiling, braiding
  • Object Height/Diameter: 32 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 5/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2285

The coiled water jar has a bulbous base and slightly flared neck. There are two braided horse hair loops on the shoulder for the attachment of the leather handle. The leather strap is attached on one end, with a metal buckle. The other end is tied with string. A short leather strap, remnants of a previous handle with some white string stitched on it, is attached on the loop with the non-buckle end. A small braided horse hair loop is lower on the belly and opposite the two with the leather strap. The inside of the jar is sealed with resin or pitch. 3-rod coiled.