Trinket Basket Decorated with the Initials R.T. and a Figure of a Baseball Player

Mother of a Raphael Tortes, Luiseño, unknown dates
Luiseño (Luiseno)
California culture


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collected 1905 or 1907

Grass, sumac, rush, and sea blight; coiled, grass foundation, counter-clockwise direction

Overall: 3 5/16 × 4 13/16 × 6 7/8 in. (8.4 × 12.2 × 17.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Bequest of Frank C. and Clara G. Churchill



Place Made: Riverside, United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: California Culture

Not on view

Course History

ARTH 82, History of Museums and Collecting, Joy Kenseth, Spring 2012

WRIT 5, On Poor Taste, William Boyer, Winter 2015

ARTH 83, History of Museums and Collecting, Joy Kenseth, Spring 2015

Exhibition History

Native Ecologies: Recycle, Resist, Protect, Sustain, Owen Robertson Cheatham Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-July 15, 2019

Survival/Art/History: American Indian Collections from the Hood Museum of Art, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 18, 2000-April 7, 2002.

Publication History

Tom Willman, "Sherman Institute in the Golden Age of Native American Sport", in Riverside Historical Society Journal, Riverside, CA, 25, December 2018, pp. 28-42, ill. p. 32.


Made by Mrs. Tortese [mother of Raphael Tortese, possibly Tortes], a student at the Sherman Indian School, Riverside, California]; selected the Sherman Indian School's Superintendent Harwood H. Hall (1859-1928) for Clara G. Corser Turner Churchill (1851-1945) and BIA Inspector Frank Carroll Churchill (1850-1912), Riverside, California, 1905 or 1907; bequeathed to present collection, 1946.

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