Category: artifact

Artifact of the Week

Diagonal twined and coiled Snake Dance wall hanging basket with butterfly iconography Rabbitbrush, sumac, natural dyes ca. 1900, North America The Hopi are a sovereign nation in Northeastern Arizona and have lived in the same area for thousands of years (and hold the record…

Artifact of the Week

Handmade lacquered leather lidded box with crosshatch embroidered design. leather, cured hide, lacquer, natural dyes ca. 1800, North America Sometimes an object comes into the collection and we don’t have a lot of information on its provenance (history), maker, or even age. This unusual…

Artifact of the Week

Twined bichrome lidded basket with deer iconography and banded geometric design, possibly by Ada Markishtum (b. 1888 – d. 1965), Makah Cedar bark, dyed bear grass ca. 1920, North America Interestingly, this basket was found in the collection with a tag attached identifying it…

Artifact of the Week

Twined bichrome cylindrical lidded basket, also called a “Sally Bag,” Columbia Plateau, possibly Wasco-Wishram Hemp, corn husk, natural dye, doe skin, cotton thread ca. 1885, North America “Sally Bags” are flexible cylindrical baskets common in Columbia Plateau weaving. These baskets had a loop which…

Artifact of the Week

Walpi Polychrome pottery bowl, unsigned, Hopi clay, slip, natural paints ca. 1920, North America Rich in iron, Hopi clay pottery can fire from cream to light red in color. Early nineteenth century pottery used a white slip casting underneath the painted decoration, which is…