Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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wall basket
  • unknown Mi'kmaq (Micmac) maker
  • wall basket, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 28 x 8 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 11 x 3 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2459

The rectangular panel has the bottom portion doubled over to form a pocket that is open on either side. The panel and pocket are edged with red "lacy" woven fibers that form a triangle at the top. There is another band of "lacy" woven fibers in the space created between the red and the top of the woven panel. This second band is green, and there are remnants of a third, also in green. The front of the panel and pocket are covered with fibers that are pulled out and twisted, and tucked back in. Pairs of these fibers form raised squares, and as there are three colors (green, red or yellow), squares that share a side are not the same color.