Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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storage basket
  • Makah peoples
  • storage basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: Washington, United States
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, buckskin, coiling, imbricating
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 27 x 30 x 34 cm width includes buckskin loops
    Object Height/Width/Length: 10 5/8 x 11 3/4 x 13 3/8 in width includes buckskin
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2337

The rectangular coiled basket has a strip of buckskin pulled through each of the long sides parallel to the rim to form three loops. It is decorated with oblique parallel lines of light, dark, and light fibers. There is a wide band near the top of the light color that is not imbricated but is left visible for every other stitch.