Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Mojave peoples
  • cradleboard, 1850–1890
  • Where object was made: Fort Mojave, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • beads, plant fiber, wood, cloth, yarn, ribbon, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 44 x 28 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 5/16 x 11 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Jessie Hodges Benton
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6009.b

The ceramic figure (2007.6009.a) has a large plant fiber cradleboard (2007.6009.b).

The cradleboard is made from strips of plant fiber. It is curved on top and wrapped with dark blue and white striped and polka dotted cloth. The ends are left free as a tassel or fringe. The dark brown wooden frame behind the plant fiber has red and dark blue woven strips woven between.