The Danc­ing Rab­bit Gallery

Native American Art - - NATIVE BASKETRY -

Deep bas­kets made dur­ing the first pe­riod (1890-1930 at Se­cond Mesa) are re­ferred to as coiled jars and are highly sought by col­lec­tors. These Hopi jars with large coils nearly an inch wide were wo­ven from na­tive veg­e­tal fibers, such as yucca and su­mac, and veg­e­tal dyes. Made to hold food and grains, these jars were dec­o­rated with cloud and rain de­signs in red and green col­ors. As ap­pro­pri­ate, the de­signs were re­peated on all four sides. This jar dat­ing from 1920 is nar­rower at the top than the bot­tom and wider in the mid­dle, in or­der to keep food stuffs from spilling out. A beau­ti­ful patina has de­vel­oped from everyday use.

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