Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cooking basket
  • Makah peoples
  • cooking basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, buckskin, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 26 x 31 x 44 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 10 1/4 x 12 3/16 x 17 5/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2594

The large rectangular basket has flared sides and a cedar field. It is decorated with vertical stripes of red and light natural checkerboard.

The basket would have been filled with water with hot stones dropped into it. The loaded basket would be placed in a hole in the ground and covered wtih mats or blankets until cooking was complete.