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Basket with Handle and Mauve Stripe

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
1999
Medium
wood splint, reed, twig, dye
Dimensions
10 11/16 × 12 1/8 × 11 1/4 in. (27.2 × 30.8 × 28.5 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
The rim and handle of this basket are made of intertwined twigs. The artist intentionally leaves a section of twig jutting down from the basket’s body to draw the viewer’s attention to his materials’ organic forms. The plain weave structure accommodates the curves and variations in the twigs, creating a natural feel. A purple, vertical stripe made of dyed reeds adorns the middle of the otherwise undyed basket.
After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0003
Type
basket
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl80e40db6e-970e-42f2-afd3-a1033b2f2bae
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0003
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