Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Unangan (Aleut) peoples
  • basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Aleutian Islands, District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • plant fiber, wool, weaving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Diameter: 21 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 8 1/4 x 9 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2471

The cylindrical basket of a medium brown plant fiber has a braided cord of the same fiber attached to the rim every two inches, leaving open space, though it isn't scalloped or looped. It is decorated with a band of plant-like images (a stalk with a bulb on the top and pairs of leaves along the sides) in red, green or brown. There is a thin red band above the plants with brown and red arrows and a thin brown band below the plants with brown and red arrows. The arrows point the same direction in both bands.