Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Paiute peoples
  • cradleboard, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plant fiber, buckskin, cotton, yarn, string, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 66 x 33 x 27.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 26 x 13 x 10 13/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1917

The long, narrow trapezoid of plant fibers is lashed to struts forming a flat surface, decorated with darker zigzags. The sides are whipstitched with the same dark fiber. There is an arched hood of plant fibers with a narrow attachment, but it spreads wide. The bottom edge is wrapped in unbleached cotton and decorated with a band of darker brown diamond outlines. A strip of buckskin on either side of the back is attached every 3-4 inches. These may be where the baby was secured in the carrier. The yarn and string stretched across the back were probably the collector's means of display.

A diamond pattern across the hood may symbolize the baby is a girl.