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Parnassus, Woven Basket

1986 Diane Sheehan Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1945 linen and raffia, grass 8 1/2 x 13 x 13 in. (21.6 x 33.0 x 33.0 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Theodore Cohen in memory of his mother and her sisters: Rose Melmon Cohen, Blanche Melmon, Mary Melmon Greenberg and Fanny Melmon Liberman 1998.122.21 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 54B

Luce Center Label

According to Greek mythology, Mount Parnassus is the home of the Muses and the god Apollo. Diane Sheehan's use of raffia, linen, and grass, all of which are traditional textile-making materials, allowed her to create a basket that echoes the shape of the Greek mountain. Marsh Grass-of-Parnassus is also a white flower that grows near Lake Superior in Wisconsin, where Sheehan lives and works. The overlapping sections in this basket resemble flower petals about to bloom.


decorative arts

Crafts - Fiber

fabric - linen

plant material - raffia

About Diane Sheehan

Born: Elizabeth, New Jersey 1945