Native American

Ear of Corn

Artist: Theresa Neptune Gardner
Culture/People: Passamaquoddy
Place: Pleasant Point, Maine
Media: Brown ash splints, sweetgrass, and dye
Dims: 16 x 2.25 in (40.6 x 5.7 cm)
Date: c. 1990
RTC No: NA0119b
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011

Description

This piece was exhibited in Plain and Fancy: Native American Splint Baskets exhibition held at the Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY in 2013. Eva Fognell, exhibition curator, wrote in the accompanying catalogue “Traditionally basket making is a skill passed down within a family from one generation to the next. Some basket makers learned the craft at an early age while watching elders, and then eventually they practiced cleaning and weaving the precious splints and sweet grass.

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