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Twined basketry bowl for eating acorn soup; Hupa, Yurok, Karuk

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Twined basketry bowl for eating acorn soup; Hupa, Yurok, Karuk

before 1948
20th Century
5 1/2 in. x 8 7/8 in. (13.97 cm x 22.54 cm)

Native American, Native American

Object Type: Baskets
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Hazel or willow warp shoots; conifer root weft; bear grass overlay
Credit Line: Gift of S. O. Johnson
Accession Number: 1948.51
Design: The two raised sticks on the outside (a willow shoot woven in with bear grass overlay) are big indicators for this type of acorn soup basket and add strength to the shape as well as a distinctive design element. The design done in bear grass is a common simpler geometric pattern seen on the baskets. Usually, but not always, on these cooking and eating vessels the bear grass design is split through the center with the two woven lines and is a continuous pattern around the center.

Structure: This is an acorn soup basket for eating out of. It’s a bowl as opposed to the actual cooking basket which would be bigger (look at 1948.57 for an example of a cooking vessel). The bowl also curves inward more at the rim. It’s very watertight.

Cultural affiliation notes: Very much matches the style of this Klamath River region. Some other acorn soup basketry bowls from this region in the MCAM collection include 1969.89 and 1969.86. Acorn soup baskets in the Karuk alphabet were called PÚT-TU-ROV.

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Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Height and diameter Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 7/8 in. (139.7 x 225.43 mm)

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