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Gambling tray

Gambling tray

Gambling tray

Willow, sedge root, redbud

H: 10; Diam: 45.5 cm

Gift of the Faith-dorian and Martin Wright Family, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum, in memory of Molly Janoff

Accession number:

B97.0918

Arts/Americas

Many North American cultures had some type of gambling game. In California, these games were often played by women. Although most baskets were made for utilitarian purposes such as food gathering and preparation and storage, this is an example of a basket used for recreation. The motif inside the outer star may represent a mountainquail plume.