Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small bowl
  • Louisa Keyser
    circa 1829–1925
    born: Schurz, Nevada, United States ; died: Carson City, Nevada, United States
  • small bowl, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • sedge root fiber, shell, beads, quail topknot feathers, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 4.5 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 3/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2109

The small round basket has two large dark triangles with jagged top edges, and two more dark blocks that look like the bottom portion of the triangles ended abruptly with the rim. There are small white shell discs with a whtie bead on both dark blocks at the rim (in two groups of three, but one set is missing). The bottom of the bowl has two large rectangles with a jagged edge and two lines of three jagged-edged triangles.

The remains of three quail topknot feathers probably decorated the entire rim at one point.