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Garden of Eden
  • JoAnne Russo
    born 1956
    born: Winsted, Connecticut, United States ; active: United States
  • Garden of Eden, 2006
  • Where object was made: Saxtons River, Vermont, United States
  • plant fiber, buttons, pine needles, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 29 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 7/16 x 7 11/16 in
  • Gift of Ellie LeCompte
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0196.a,b

Basket with lid, woven of plaited light natural fibers and dyed black fibers. The bottom of the basket is square, then has rounded sides that flare out, then back in at the opening. The black fibers create a pattern of geometric animal figures at the bottom, then interlocking diamond patterns near the top. The opening edge and the edge of the lid are made from brown pine needles sewn on with black thread. On the top of the basket is a black cone that has black fiber strands that come out of the center and hang down, with a red disc or button attached at each end, with the exception of one disc that is green.