Object photography

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Object description

  • Paiute artist
  • Water bottle, mid-late 19th century
  • Rush, canvas, cane, gum
  • Utah, North America
  • H: 10 1/4 in, dia.: 7 in (H: 26.0 cm, dia.: 17.8 cm)
  • Gift of the Smithsonian Institution, 1884
  • E3769


This is a basketry water bottle woven with split rush and a horizontal woof. The object is covered with gum, a waterproofing material. The water bottle is pear shape with a narrow neck and a canvas covered protrusion on the bottom. There is a single vertical loop handle made from a bundle of bound, split cane.