Avery Research Center Artifact Collection
1. Metal bracelet Bracelet with incised geometric decoration. Origin Cross River region of western Africa. 2.
available Sweetgrass basket Coiled basket, possibly used for fruit, with a cross handle; made with sweetgrass, bulrush and pine needle, sewn with palmetto leaf. 3. Cross handle sweetgrass basket Coiled sweetgrass basket with cross handle; made of sweetgrass and pine needle sewn with palmetto leaf. 4. Cross charm Silver Coptic cross with looped copper piece soddered on; origin Ethiopia. 5.
available Traditional sweetgrass fruit basket with handle Sweetgrass fruit basket made of sweetgrass and pine needles, sewn with palmetto leaf. Cross handle design; basket sits on short pedestal. 6.
available Metal cross Processional cross designed to be worn on a staff. One side depicts a figure holding a Bible, and the other depicts the the Virgin and Child. Origin Ethiopia. 7. Currency Currency in the form of a cross. Created with puddle mold method of casting. Origin Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire). 8. Sweetgrass magazine tray Sweetgrass magazine tray with cross handle. Tray is made of sweetgrass, bulrush, and pine needles sewn with palmetto leaf. Tray is accented with pine knot decorations. 9. Left-handed sweetgrass fruit basket Coiled, oblong fruit basket with cross handle made of sweetgrass, bulrush, and pine needle, sewn with palmetto leaf. This basket was created by a left-handed artist, visually evident by the slant of the palmetto leaf wraps. The wraps in a right-handed basket typically slant to the left, while the wraps in this basket slant to the right. 10.
available Sweetgrass egg basket with handle Egg basket made of sweetgrass, bulrush, and pine needle, sewn with palmetto leaf. Cross handle is decorated with pine knots; wall slopes out from flared mouth and in towards bottom. 11. Brass arm ornament
An arm bangle decorated with six balls, each marked with a cross. The balls contain metal pieces that produce sound when shaken. Origin Liberia.