Basket for Clay Balls for killing Mud Hens (8581) (bi-chul ka-tu-li)
Arts of the Americas
5 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/4 in. (12.7 × 21.6 × 21 cm)
mount (deck): 4 1/2 × 9 × 9 in. (11.4 × 22.9 × 22.9 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
Coarsely woven basket filled with shredded tule fibers. It was used to store clay balls (see 08.491.8581) used for hunting waterfowl from balsa boats with a sling (see 06.331.8213). The set was made from materials found and growing around Clear Lake, and was commissioned by Stewart Culin. The balls are not fired in a kiln; there is some plant matter mixed with the clay and they are sun baked.
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Susana Graves (Pomo). Basket for Clay Balls for killing Mud Hens (8581) (bi-chul ka-tu-li), ca. 1906. Tule, reed, 5 × 8 1/2 × 8 1/4 in. (12.7 × 21.6 × 21 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8612. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8612_0.491.8581_PS11.jpg)
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