Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Yokuts peoples
  • basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • sedge root, bracken fern root, redbud, deer grass, yarn, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 10 x 18.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 7/8 x 7 1/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2417

The round coiled basket has a flat shoulder and short cylindrical neck. It has a medium brown field with three repeats of a vertical black line, flanked by rows of four red triangles, with black lines at the points, which gives the appearance of a centipede-like worm. There are three crosses between each centipede, two red and one black and five small red triangles on the bottom. The black tick-like designs (possibly beetles) on the shoulder alternates with red butterflies, outlined in black. There are remnants of red yarn decoration at the edge of the shoulder.