Title: Degikup (basket)
Date: early 20th century
Culture: Washoe
Medium: willow with bracken fern root dye
5 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (13.3 x 24.8 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Caroline G. Roth
Object Number: 914:1920
Place made: United States
Current Location: Not On View
This degikup, or small mouthed gift bowl, exemplifies the quality and artistry of Washoe craftsmanship. Baskets such as this one are constructed from the base upwards, by tightly coiling locally-harvested willow shoots and wrapping them around supple willow branches in perfectly uniform stitching. The artist further embellished this degikup by integrating dyed bracken fern to create vivid “lightening” and “quail” designs. Some of the finest Washoe basketry ever woven was created for the tourist market of Lake Tahoe, California during the late 19th and early 20th century.
Exhibition History
Title: American Indian Baskets
Date: March 12 – April 30, 1973
Venue: Washington University Gallery of Art
Title: Degikup: Washoe Fancy Basketry, 1895-1935
Date: August 13, 1979 – September 20, 1979
Venue: The Fine Arts Gallery of The University of British Columbia
Title: North American Indian Basketry
Date: August 9, 1988 - January 8, 1989
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Publication History
Title: Native North American Art
Periodical Title: The Saint Louis Art Museum Bulletin
Author: Janet Catherine Berlo
Author: John W. Nunley
Publisher: Saint Louis Art Museum
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