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Karuk twined basketry tray used for holding gambling wagers

before 1948
20th Century
6 7/8 in. x 26 in. (17.46 cm x 66.04 cm)

Native American, Native American

Object Type: Baskets
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Plant fiber
Credit Line: Gift of S. O. Johnson
Accession Number: 1948.12
Museum records consistently refer to Upper Klamath River tribe and that would be the Karuk, upriver people. This mat does seem very much Karuk with the dominance of the reddish brown field. This tray is a style often termed "gambling tray," used to hold wagers made in gambling. Brian Bibby's books on basketry in California show several of these kinds of trays.

Jesse Dutton-Kenny, Visiting Researcher, June 2022

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Dimensions
  • Height and diameter Dimensions: 6 7/8 x 26 in. (174.63 x 660.4 mm)


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