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Twined ceremonial basket cap; Hupa, Yurok, Karuk

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Twined ceremonial basket cap; Hupa, Yurok, Karuk

early 20th Century
20th Century
3 in. x 7 1/2 in. (7.62 cm x 19.05 cm)

Native American, Native American

Object Type: Baskets
Creation Place: North America, United States, NW California
Medium and Support: Hazel or willow warp shoots; conifer root weft; bear grass and maidenhair fern overlay material
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Suren H. Babington
Accession Number: 1973.31
Size: 7 ½ in diameter, this hat is a little bigger, the right size to be worn

Technique: Twined basket. Half twist overlay, no overlay materials visible on interior and interior is nicely cleaned. Dominantly bear grass overlay with maidenhair for the bold design element. The overlay is shiny and clean, well prepared maidenhair.

Design: Looks like another version of the flint (in Yurok VEniigemaa) and snake design on page 126-130. 3 flint designs, very classic looking. Lifelines and divisions in design also present.

Structure: It has some wear and staining that make it appear older and more worn. This weaver was incredible, it is a fine and tight weave, super well done. The top is flat and straight with no warping at the button, as is pretty common. No visible hairs in this one. The edging is clipped and even, with some slight damage at one part of the rim.

Cultural affiliation notes: A classic Hupa, Yurok, and/or Karuk ceremonial cap, most likely Hupa or Yurok.

Citation: Kroeber, Alfred L. “Basket Designs of the Indians of Northwestern California.” University of California Publications in American Archaeology and Ethnology 2, no. 4 (1905): 105-164

Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Visiting Researcher, October 26th - 27th & 29th - 30th, 2020

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Height and diameter Dimensions: 3 x 7 1/2 in. (76.2 x 190.5 mm)

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