Bull Nose or Cow Nose Basket with Handle



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collected 1887-1906

River cane, twill plaiting, and pink with orange dye

Overall: 6 1/2 × 4 7/8 × 2 3/8 in. (16.5 × 12.4 × 6.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. Ida Farr Miller



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southeast

Not on view


The Choctaw women who wove these baskets used river cane, a semi-aquatic grass cultivated along riverbanks. Several Native American tribes from the southeastern United States tended these grasses, caring for them and nurturing them, to weave baskets used within their communities and traded with their neighbors.

When the Choctaw were forcibly removed to Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), they brought these traditions with them and cultivated river cane along the banks of Oklahoma’s rivers. Using a double-weave structure, essentially weaving one basket into another, some highly skilled women wove baskets so tightly that they could even hold water.

From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-December 14, 2023.


Collected by Ellen Frances Burpee Farr (1840-1907) (Mrs. Evarts Worcester Farr, Class of 1863W), Pasadena, California, between 1887-1906; given to her daughter, Ida Farr Miller (1863-1953), 1907; given to present collection, 1944.

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