Object photography

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Object description

  • Probably Unangax^ (Aleut) artist
  • Basket, about 1802
  • Grass, wool
  • Aleutian Islands, Alaska, United States
  • H: 7 in, W: 10 in, D: 5 1/2 in (H: 17.8 cm, W: 25.4 cm, D: 14.0 cm)
  • Gift of Johnson Briggs, 1803
  • E3620
  • Woven for food storage purposes
  • One of the earliest Native Alaskan baskets in an American collection

Aleut women are credited with creating some of the most finely woven grass baskets (qiigam aygaaxsii) in the world. Simply decorated and featuring a sturdy braided rim to reinforce and provide a carrying handle, this open-weave container would have been used to store dried fish.