Basket with God’s Eye and Handle

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
late 20th-early 21st Century
Medium
wood splint, reed, seagrass
Dimensions
6 1/2 × 7 1/16 in. (16.5 × 18 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
This melon-shaped basket is woven in a plain weave using round reeds, double plied twisted seagrass cord, and wood splints. The handle, which is attached to the body of the basket with a large woven God’s Eye design, is wrapped in a plain weave with a seagrass cord weft. The woven cord creates a pattern of darker stripes on the handle and around the God’s Eye. Different textural and weaving elements in this basket contribute to its sturdy aesthetic.
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
2011.0004.0075
Type
basket
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl86bbf2766-19b5-47b0-ae42-6488b661d572
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0075
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