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Low Basket with Handle

1999 Mary Jackson Born: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 1945 sweetgrass, pine needles, and palmetto 15 1/2 × 16 3/4 × 16 3/4 in. (39.4 × 42.5 × 42.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter 2001.61 Not currently on view

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"The technique is the same; the material is the same as in the traditional baskets; it's just stretching the tradition to the limit of an art form." Artist's statement

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Mary Jackson's coiled baskets show her love for African basketmaking traditions as well as her desire to create contemporary designs. This basket has a wide and shallow body that appears more decorative than functional, but the tall arching handle allows the user to carry more than might appear possible. Jackson invested the piece with a lively quality, weaving the handle so that the patterns appear to leap up, creating a graceful arc before returning to the body.


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About Mary Jackson

Born: Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 1945