Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small birch bark basket
  • unknown Athapaskan speaking maker
  • small birch bark basket, late 1800s–1926
  • Where object was made: District of Alaska or Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), United States
  • birch bark, beads, buckskin, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Diameter: 10.5 x 14.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 1/8 x 5 11/16 in
  • Gift of George W. Reed
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2665

The small square basket of birch bark is folded on the ends. The rim is wrapped with plant fiber, and decorated with large medium blue beads at regular intervals. The thin strip of buckskin on the rim at one end of the basket is decorated with medium blue beads and a red bead at each end. The strip was once a handle, that is now broken.