Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bead covered basket
  • unknown Paiute maker
  • bead covered basket, 1900–1930
  • Where object was made: United States
  • willow, coiling, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 6 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/8 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2095

The small round willow basket is one-rod coiled. All the exterior surfaces are covered in peyote stitch beading, which is tacked down at the rim. Most of the beading is a very wide pink band, with a white and blue-green zigzag above and below. There is red above the top zigzag to the opening. The pink band has a thick chevron-like design in red, purple, yellow, then green, with a green line connecting them. The bottom has a light blue square in the center, then a multi-pointed star design in red, dark blue and orange, that abuts the bottom zigzag of white and blue-green.