Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Akimel O'odham (Pima) peoples
  • basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • willow?, martynia, beads, coiling
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width: 7 7/8 x 10 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2083

This is a cylindrical coiled basket. At the coil start is a very large key-like pattern (there are four repeats of the "key"). The "key" is made of lighter willow fibers and the negative space and two line detail is made of darker martynia fibers. It has round, light blue beads at regular intervals on the rim.