Low Basket with Handle

Copied Mary Jackson, Low Basket with Handle, 1999, sweetgrass, pine needles, and palmetto, 15 12 × 16 34 × 16 34 in. (39.4 × 42.5 × 42.5 cm), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter, 2001.61

Artwork Details

Low Basket with Handle
Not on view
15 12 × 16 34 × 16 34 in. (39.4 × 42.5 × 42.5 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter
Mediums Description
sweetgrass, pine needles, and palmetto
  • Object — other — basket
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Artwork Description

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.

Luce Object Quote
"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