Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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basket with lid
  • unknown Canadian Inuit maker
  • basket with lid, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Davis Inlet, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • plant fiber, rawhide, animal skin, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 15 x 22 cm height with lid
    Object Height/Diameter: 5 7/8 x 8 5/8 in height with lid
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2673.a,b

The bulbous coiled basket (2007.2673.a) has six points created by separating the coil at the widest point on the shoulder. The flat lid (2007.2673.b) has a lip to sit into the basket. There is a rawhide loop for a handle. There is a light brown field on both elements. The shoulder of the basket is decorated with six green open crosses. The bottom half of the basket appears undecorated, though there is some variation in fiber color. The lid is decorated with three bands of medium brown animal (possibly reptile) skin.