Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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lidded basket
  • United States
  • lidded basket, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plant fiber, sood, coilng, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 35 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 4 3/4 x 13 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4829

The round coiled basket has a flat bottom and straight sides. The flat lid has a short rim and is attached at one side with two plant fiber string hinges. It has a plant fiber string loop and wooden toggle for closure.

It has a black field and the sides are decorated with hexagons in concentric bands of red, light natural, green and red with a black center. The lid and bottom center are decorated with a standing human figure with a long headdress or hair in light natural, red and green vertical stripes. The center circle covering the figure's torso is red, and she wears a light brown skirt with light natural and light green triangles or diamonds at the top. There are three triangles in front of a figure in red, light natural and green stripes that are joined with a red bar.

There are small blocks of light natural, green or red around the perimeter.