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Melon-Shaped Basket with Handle

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
late 20th-early 21st Century
Medium
wood splint, reed
Dimensions
11 13/16 × 13 9/16 × 12 5/8 in. (30 × 34.4 × 32 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
This melon shaped basket features uniformly shaped and natural-colored reeds and wood splints. A single protruding splint near the bottom of the basket gives the viewer a greater appreciation for the intricacy involved in making these baskets. The wood handle, attached to the body of the basket with a God’s Eye design, is covered in a plain weave with a reed weft.
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
2011.0004.0073
Type
basket
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Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl86b455efb-67ce-4797-95aa-d6bfbee351a1
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0073
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