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Culture Apache
Title Basket (Olla)
Date Late 19th–20th century
Medium Grass and dye
Dimensions Object: 7 1/8 × 5 1/8 in. (18.1 × 13 cm)
Overall: 7 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (18.1 x 13 cm)
Credit Line Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 73.19.3

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Basketry is a Native American art form found in communities throughout the continent. Baskets are created through a number of different methods including wickerwork, twining, and coiling. Some baskets are decorated with geometric designs, others with figurative depictions. Some are further elaborated with feathers, shells, or beads. Baskets were and continue to be used for daily needs, within ceremonial celebrations, and also as objects of trade. 

The American southwest is often recognized for the astonishing arts created by its native communities, among them basketry. This Western Apache basket, created with the coil technique, is of a form known as an ollas. This form was both used by the community itself, mostly for storage of food goods, and as a trade good. 

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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"Basket | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.