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Handmade Basket with Purple Design and Handle

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Ira Blount
late 20th-early 21st Century
wood splint, reed, glass, dye, waxed linen cord
4 5/8 × 5 1/16 × 4 3/4 in. (11.8 × 12.8 × 12 cm)
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Gift of Ira Blount
This basket is woven from wood splints and natural-colored and dyed purple reeds woven in a plain weave. Most of the purple reeds surround the God’s Eye design connecting the handle to the body of the basket. One purple wood splint is situated below the rim, while two round purple reeds accent the handle. Purple glass beads also decorate the handle.
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.
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