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Clam Basket

12 1/4 x 11 x 14 1/2 in. (31.1 x 27.9 x 36.8 cm)

Unknown, Native American
Native American

Object Type: Basketry
Medium and Support: Cherry bark fibers, mountain grass
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Henry A. Strong
Accession Number: 1922.32
Location: Currently on view
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This basket from an unidentified Coast Salish group was probably used to collect clams, mussels, small fish, seaweed and other saltwater resources. The open twined container provided drainage and also helped prevent mold and insect infestation when used for food storage.
[Gallery label text, 2009]

Provenance
Lucretia Cushman (nee Johnson), Tacoma, Washington; sold to Mrs. Henry A. Strong, Rochester, New York; given to the Gallery in 1922

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