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wood with metal wire
H x W: 23 1/4 × 23 1/4 × 26 1/2 in. (59.1 × 59.1 × 67.3 cm)
Place used:
South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
early 19th Century
A large, woven, wooden basket for carrying cotton. This basket has been constructed using a basic under-and-over-weaving pattern with flat, wide basket strands made from strips of medium toned wood. Throughout the body of the basket, weavers and spokes vary between approximately .75” and 1” in width. At the bottom of the basket, the weavers become increasingly narrow towards the center of the base, ranging from approximately .3” to .5” in width. The basket is roughly circular in shape, with two basket strands on the exterior and one on the interior securing the rim with wrapped metal wire. The basket has two, square, wooden handles, notched and bent at each corner and held in place by the weave of the basket body and metal wire, which has been double-wrapped in some places to provide additional support to the handles.
African American  Search this
Agriculture  Search this
American South  Search this
Cotton  Search this
Slavery  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Danny Drain, Walterboro, SC
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture