Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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baleen basket with lid
  • H. Kunnuk
    active: United States
  • baleen basket with lid, circa 1972
  • Where object was made: Point Hope, Alaska, United States
  • bowhead whale baleen, walrus ivory, coiling, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 8 x 10.5 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 in height with lid
  • Gift of Ann P. Schlager
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2549.a,b
Label Text

The globular basket (2007.2549.a) is made of dark brown whale baleen with an ivory disc at the bottom. The lid (2007.2549.b) is also made of dark brown whale baleen. It is slightly domed, with a lip that sits into the basket. The lid is decorated with a small ivory polar bear.