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Artist / Maker : Laford, John E.
Title : Black Ash Basket
Date (Execution) : 1998
Geographical Origin : Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Cultural Group : Anishinaabe (Ojibwe)
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  : Serigraph
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Basket design with two blue human faces on either side pointed outward. Fish in centre of basket with an additional human face within it. All have blue eyes with black circles. Drum itself is golden brown in colour, the rest of the piece is in greens and blues.
Accession # : U014.3.434
Width (cm) : 36.00
Height (cm) : 52.00
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Black ash Baskets date back to ancient times. They are some of the earliest archeological traces of civilization, and are an important artistic and cultural form of expression. Woven by elders from the bark of the black ash trees, they were functional vessels which were used for various household purposes. The baskets represent a close connection between people, trees and the earth." Statement provided by Vincent Rickard, Pacific Editions.