Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted basket
  • North or Central America
  • painted basket, late 1800s–2007
  • plant fiber, paint, buckskin, beads, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 15.5 x 18 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 6 1/8 x 7 1/16 x 9 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2155

The woven basket has a square base and rounded sides. The outside surface is decorated with four bands of black triangles which have been painted on. The middle two bands appear to leave a field of colored zigzag between them. Dark fiber is whipstitched around the rim. Narrow strips of buckskin are tied together and stitched at the corners of the rim. There is a buckskin loop on one side with a larger medium blue bead, brown bead and two small dark blue beads. The bottom is painted in an "X" pattern with a checkerboard in the middle.