Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance basket
  • unknown Karuk (Karok), Natinixwe (Hupa), or Yurok maker
  • dance basket, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • wood, redwood root, bear grass, maidenhair fern, woodpecker or flicker feathers?, buckskin, string, pigment, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 16.5 x 6 x 30 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 11 3/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2085

The clutch shaped basket has wood supports along the top edge and a cluster of feathers at one end. The other end has been broken off, but may have had a tassel of feathers as well. There are dots of red paint along the wood. The woven portion is zig zags of varying widths in light and dark fibers. Both ends are open.