Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Tlingit peoples
  • basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 7/8 x 11 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2490

The conical basket has a flat bottom and two bands of open weaving. There are two wide bands of tightly woven fibers, and a narrower band at the rim. The narrower band is decorated with red, yellow and green oblique stripes. The wider bands have the same decoration: a diamond with quadrants of red and green, flanked with chevrons on the side of yellow, green and red. Red triangles fill the sapce where the chevrons shift direction.