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Collection Online as of February 17, 2024

Jar-shaped Basket

Jar-shaped Basket

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Some Timbisha Shoshone women continue traditions of basket weaving to the present day.


Sarah Hunter’s basketry is noted for geometricized motifs reminiscent of the animals depicted in petroglyphs on canyon walls in the Death Valley region. Here they include pronghorn mountain sheep, deer, and birds, along with humans, all created in light-brown bulrush against a honey-colored willow ground. Traditional Indigenous basket weavers, who have exhaustive knowledge of the plant world, tend, harvest, and prepare their own materials. If stages of the process are not done properly and at the right time, color will be uneven and stitches will twist and split.
  • "Accessions." The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art 4, no. 4 (1917): 64-67. Mentioned: p. 65
  • Gallery 231 - Native North American Basket Rotation. The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (August 3, 2015-August 15, 2016).
    Native North America Basket Rotation (Native North America rotation). The Cleveland Museum of Art (organizer) (December 4, 2021-December 4, 2022).
  • {{cite web|title=Jar-shaped Basket|url=false|author=Sarah Hunter|year=1910|access-date=17 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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