Western Apache


early 20th century

Willow, martynia, and cottonwood

Overall: 5 1/2 × 13 1/8 in. (14 × 33.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Mrs. Charles Sheldon



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view


The cross shapes on this basket reference the four directions—north, south, east, and west. Vertical zigzags evoke lightning, which accompanies thunderstorms that bring lifegiving waters. Inspired by the natural world, the artist incorporated these forms onto a beautiful and utilitarian object. Does this basket vase remind you of something in your own home portraying rain, or perhaps something with images of foods and flowers that are sustained by rains?

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 Charles Alexander Sheldon (1867-1928), about 1912-1916; bequeathed to his wife, Louise Walker Gulliver Sheldon (1867-1950), Woodstock, Vermont, 1928; given to present collection, 1950.

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