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olla shaped basket
  • Akimel O'odham (Pima) or Tohono O'odham (Papago) peoples
  • olla shaped basket, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • willow, martynia, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 35 x 37 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 13 3/4 x 14 9/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2273

The coiled olla shaped basket is decorated with dark colored gila monsters with a checkerboard pattern on the back. It alternates with medium brown crosses, outlined in dark brown. There are six repeats of each decoration. It has a dark band on the lip and base and a small dark center at the bottom. The rim has alternating blocks of dark and light fibers.