Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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burden basket
  • unknown Maidu maker
  • burden basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Pitt River, California, United States
  • plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 29 x 38 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 3/8 x 14 15/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2268

The conical woven basket has a point that is a solid medium brown. The rim has wooden splints and a dark brown band. The top band of decoration consists of six repeats of dark brown triangles with vertical bars and small right triangles at the end, alternating with a small checkerboard. The remainder of the basket is decorated with two offset zigzagging lines that form diamonds. The top line has three light lines in a dark band with triangles on either side. The bottom line has two light lines, with dark triangles on either side. The highest points of the diamonds have small iterations of the bottom line.