Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small basket with lid
  • unknown Unangan (Aleut) maker
  • small basket with lid, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Aleutian Islands, Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • plant fiber, thread, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 11.5 x 9 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 in height with lid
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2530.a,b

The small cylindrical basket (2007.2530.a) with lid is a light natural color. The basket is decorated wtih two bands of red and light green checkerboard. The space between these bands has four red triangles, points together, with a light purple open cross at the confluence of the points. The same design is opposite with yellow triangles and a red cross. The bottom has three bands of open weave.

The lid (2007.2530.b) is slightly domed with a knob in the center. The knob has bands of red, white, and red triangles, and a thin yellow band. There is a band of red and light green checkerboard near the edge of the lid.