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Object description

  • Eastern Woodlands artist
  • Basket, 19th century
  • Grass, palmetto
  • South Carolina, Southeastern United States
  • L: 31 in, W: 15 1/4 in, D: 6 1/2 in (L: 78.7 cm, W: 38.7 cm, D: 16.5 cm)
  • E16786

DESCRIPTION

This is a large oval basket, most likely used as a baby carrier. The basket is constructed using a coiled technique that was brought to the Western Hemisphere from West Africa. The bundles of grass are held together with palmetto plant fiber. There is no decorative ornamentation on the basket.