To allow spirits to circulate freely in a basket, some California weavers provide a spirit door: an intentional design irregularity that can be as subtle as a tiny break in a stitch or as obvious as a feather or a bead of a different color. The single green bead in this superb gift basket may be such a portal.

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  • Title: Gift Bowl
  • Date Created: c. 1895
  • Physical Dimensions: Overall: 6 x 13 cm (2 3/8 x 5 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Basketry
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1917.403
  • Medium: willow, sedge, with beads; coiled (1 rod)
  • Department: Art of the Americas
  • Culture: California, Wappo, late 19th- early 20th century
  • Credit Line: Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert Price
  • Collection: AA - Native North America
  • Accession Number: 1917.403

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