Basket. Kodiak Eskimos. USA , Alaska state, Kodiak. North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island. Prior to 1792.

Basket
Collection MAE RAS: № 2552-2
Image ID: 4071214
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Museum inventory number:
№ 2552-2
Title:
Basket
Ethnicity:
Kodiak Eskimos
Place:
USA , Alaska state, Kodiak
Geography:
North America, The North-West of the continent, Alaska, Kodiak Island
Date:
prior to 1792
Collector:
Billings Joseph, English mariner in Russian service, leader of the Northeastern Geographical Expedition (1785-1794) for exploration of the North Pacific
Materials:
spruce root, straw, leather
Dimensions:
height 26 cm, diameter at the top 33 cm, diameter at the bottom 20 cm
Commentation:
Baskets were used for gathering foodstuffs, as household utensils, and also for preparing food. They filled a basket with water and placed meat and red-hot rocks inside. The twigs of the basket would swell up, but the water would not leak out of it. They would replace the rocks that got cold with hot ones. In this way they would bring the water to a boil and cook the meat.
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