Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Cowichan maker
  • basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, cord, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 25 x 27 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 9 13/16 x 10 5/8 x 13 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2426

The rectangular basket has a smaller base than rim. There are three bands of decoration. The top band has right angles joined with a diagonal line in black and light natural fibers. The middle band has the same shape in red and light natural. The bottom band has blocks of checkerboard in red/light natural and black/light natural. The long sides have red/light natural in a trapezoid shape, rather than a square. There is a cord loop at one corner.