Gullah Fanner Basket

  • Lynette Youson, Gullah Fanner Basket, 2002, sweetgrass, bulrush, pine needles, and palmetto fronds, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole, 2011.47.76

Exhibition Label

Much of the elegance of this basket is derived from its utilitarian form. The fanner basket is among the most traditional and earliest coiled baskets made by African Americans and was used to separate rice grains from husks. Lynette Youson began to sew scraps of grass at her great-grandmother's side when she was only five, and continues this family tradition today.

Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019

Title
Gullah Fanner Basket
Artist
Date
2002
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. diam. (8.9 x 61.3 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole

Mediums
Mediums Description
sweetgrass, bulrush, pine needles, and palmetto fronds
Classifications
Highlights
Object Number
2011.47.76
Palette
Linked Open Data
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