Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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storage basket
  • unknown Musqueam maker
  • storage basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 34 x 41 x 64 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 13 3/8 x 16 1/8 x 25 3/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2289

The large rectangular basket has flared sides. The bottom is coiled, but not started in the center. The handles on the short sides are three coils separated from the body of the basket. It is decorated with triangles, with three arms on top and outlined in a contrasting color (it appears to be a woman in a dress with her arms held out). The black triangles have a light outline, the light triangles have red outlines. The rim is decorated with thick black oblique lines, flanked by two light and two red oblique lines.