Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bag with reptile pattern
  • unknown Wasco maker
  • bag with reptile pattern, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Columbia River Plateau, Oregon, United States
  • plant fiber, twining, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 14.5 x 11.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 5 11/16 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Jedel Family Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2010.0152
Label Text

Cylindrical basket made from twined plant fiber with very flexible sides. The shape is identified as a sally bag. The field is a light brown color and the design is woven using fibers dyed black. There are two rows of figures around the circumference of the bag. The top row has six figures, identified as reptiles, that have diamond shaped bodies, four legs bent in the center, and small triangular heads. The top row has five reptile figures and one human figure that has a thick body with rows of small tan colored dots, shoulders that are raised up and pointed at the top, short legs, and a triangular head. Above and below the two rows are thin horizontal black lines around the circumference. On the interior of the basket there are numerous loose ends of the plant fibers.