Detail View: The AMICA Library: Basket

AMICA ID: 
MIA_.75.13.2
AMICA Library Year: 
2002
Object Type: 
Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Creator Name: 
Unknown
Creator Nationality: 
North American; Native American; Makah
Creator Name-CRT: 
Makah
Title: 
Basket
View: 
Front
Creation Date: 
20th century
Creation Start Date: 
1900
Creation End Date: 
1999
Materials and Techniques: 
grass
Classification Term: 
Basket
Dimensions: 
H.2 x Di.3-1/2 in.
Component Measured: 
overall
Measurement Unit: 
in
AMICA Contributor: 
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 
75.13.2
Credit Line: 
Gift of Stanley H. Brackett
Rights: 
Context: 

Living on the northwest coast where fish and plants are plentiful, the Nuu-chah-nulth found baskets helpful for storing berries, carrying wood, and capturing fish. Baskets also served as their first form of currency along with dressed animal skins and shell beads. The Nuu-chah-nulth were very skilled at controlling the form of their baskets. They came in many shapes from cylindrical to rectangular, often accompanied with lids. Another distinct feature of Nuu-chah-nulth baskets is the use of colors and incorporation of figures from their environment.

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