Low Basket with Handle

  • Mary Jackson, Low Basket with Handle, 1999, sweetgrass, pine needles, and palmetto, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter, 2001.61

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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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"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

Title
Low Basket with Handle
Artist
Date
1999
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
15 1/2 × 16 3/4 × 16 3/4 in. (39.4 × 42.5 × 42.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Marcia and Alan Docter

Mediums
Mediums Description
sweetgrass, pine needles, and palmetto
Classifications
Highlights
Keywords
  • Object – other – basket
Object Number
2001.61
Palette
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