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Grapevine Basket

Object Details

Artist
Ira Blount
Date
late 20th Century
Medium
grapevine, reed, wood splint
Dimensions
8 × 9 1/4 × 9 7/16 in. (20.3 × 23.5 × 24 cm)
Cite As
Gift of Ira Blount
Caption
The body of this round woven basket is made almost entirely of grapevines, giving the piece a rough, textured feel. The vines vary in hue from warm, reddish hues to darker, wooden browns. The handle is constructed from two twigs, and wood splints connect the handle to the body.
Grapevines are one of artist Ira Blount’s favorite materials as they make baskets look “very natural.” In a 1998 interview, he said, “when you’re making a basket using grapevines – the grapevines tell you which way you’re going. So, the shape is dictated by the vines…you might be able to manipulate them slightly, but you usually give into whatever shape the vine is.”
After moving to Washington, DC following World War II, Ira Blount mastered dozens of artisanal crafts. His love for crafting, learning, and community engagement would endure over the course of his long life and career.
Accession Number
2011.0004.0004
Type
basket
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Anacostia Community Museum Collection
Data Source
Anacostia Community Museum
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/dl818af8f7f-9853-454e-badf-ec38bfd6f8a1
Record ID
acm_2011.0004.0004
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