Lidded Cake Basket with French Knots

Created by
Jackson, Mary A., American, born 1945
Date
ca. 1991
Medium
sweetgrass, pine needles, palmetto fronds
Dimensions
H x W x D (2017.82.6ab): 2 15/16 × 11 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (7.5 × 28.5 × 28.5 cm)
H x W x D (2017.82.6a): 2 11/16 × 10 11/16 × 10 11/16 in. (6.8 × 27.2 × 27.2 cm)
H x W x D (2017.82.6b): 1 × 11 1/4 × 11 1/4 in. (2.5 × 28.5 × 28.5 cm)
Description
A coiled sweetgrass cake basket made by Mary A. Jackson. The round, shallow basket (2017.82.6a) has a flat bottom and a removable lid (2017.82.6b) with rim that fits over top. Both the top of the lid and the bottom of the basket feature the same pattern: a center circle of darker colored pine needles surrounded by a wide band of lighter colored sweetgrass, then a narrow band of pine needles with French knots at regular intervals, another wide band of sweetgrass, another ring of pine needles with French knots, then a final ring of sweetgrass that extends to the sides of the basket and the rim of the lid.
Place made
Charleston County, South Carolina, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Visual Arts
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Type
baskets
Topic
American South
Art
Communities
Craftsmanship
Design
Domestic life
Folklife
Foodways
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Juliette Bethea in memory of Flora Wilson Bethea
Object number
2017.82.6ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5ff3cc72d-acfc-483f-99c6-977d9e2b6f2b
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