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Basket with God’s Eye and Handle

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Ira Blount
late 20th-early 21st Century
wood splint, reed, seagrass
6 1/2 × 7 1/16 in. (16.5 × 18 cm)
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Gift of Ira Blount
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.
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