Berry basket

Unknown Klikitat artistearly 20th century

Maryhill Museum of Art

Maryhill Museum of Art

Coiled cedar root baskets like this one are called “berry baskets” because the Klikitat people and their neighbors used them for temporary storage during berry harvests. The loops around the rim can be used to tie down foliage that protects the berries when full baskets are being moved.

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  • Title: Berry basket
  • Creator: Unknown Klikitat artist
  • Date: early 20th century
  • Location: Washington, United States of America
  • Physical Dimensions: w12¼ x h15¼ x d12¼ in (complete)
  • Media: Western red cedar (Thuja plicata), beargrass (Xerophyllum tenax)
  • Culture: Klikitat
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mary Underwood Lane
  • Provenance: Collection of Maryhill Museum of Art
  • Type: Container
  • Rights: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/discover/about-maryhill-museum-of-art/press-room/images-for-publication