Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Coast Salish peoples
  • cradle, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, buckskin, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 14 x 29 x 72 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 5 1/2 x 11 3/8 x 28 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2637

The long, narrow rectangular basket has long sides that are bowed out. One end is narrower than the other, to accomodate a bundled baby. It has a cedar body. The long sides and one short side are decorated with two rows of offset blocks of light natural and cedar checkerboards. Each block has a dark brown chevron on either side. There are dark brown and medium brown oblique lines on the bottom half of the cradle separated by clusters of open crosses in dark brown or medium brown. One short end has three triangle-like decorations in medium brown. The rim is decorated with light natural, medium brown and dark brown blocks. There are buckskin loops on the wider end.