Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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storage basket with lid
  • unknown Nlaka’pamux (Thompson River Salish) maker
  • storage basket with lid, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada or Washington, United States
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, string, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 19 x 26 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 7 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2368.a,b

The rectangular basket (2007.2368.a) with lid (2007.2368.b) has slightly flared sides, and a rim for the lid. All the sides are covered with yellow imbricated fibers.

One long side is decorated with three repeats of the same design, and the other has two repeats of a dark rectangle with a large yellow triangle inside, pointed downward, above two dark right triangles, alternating with two right yellow triangles. The short sides are decorated with three columns. The middle is yellow and dark horizontal stripes, the lefts is two dark vertical lines and one thick horizontal line joining them near the bottom. The facing right design is a thicker dark vertical line with a green block near the bottom and a faded, possibly green, block.

There is a flat lid with an edge to sit over the rim on the basket. The sides are decorated with a gingham-like checkerboard pattern. The top is decorated with stripes of field color alternating with stripes of dark and yellow blocks.