Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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birch bark basket
  • Coast Salish or Tinne peoples
  • birch bark basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States or British Columbia, Cana
  • birch bark, plant fiber, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 12 x 23 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 3/4 x 9 1/16 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2672

The rectangular basket of folded birch bark has seams on the corners that are stitched with a zigzag stitch, and the rim is wrapped. The excess bark was trimmed away rather than stitched as a flap. Each exterior surface, including the bottom, is decorated with a floral design, in a brown silhouette.