Gullah Fanner Basket

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Much of the elegance of this basket is derived from its utilitarian form. The fanner basket is among the most traditional and earliest coiled baskets made by African Americans and was used to separate rice grains from husks. Lynette Youson began to sew scraps of grass at her great-grandmother's side when she was only five, and continues this family tradition today.
Connections: Contemporary Craft at the Renwick Gallery, 2019
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
Department
Renwick Gallery
2002
Object number
2011.47.76
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Martha G. Ware and Steven R. Cole
Artist
Lynette Youson, born Charleston, SC 1964
Medium
sweetgrass, bulrush, pine needles, and palmetto fronds
Dimensions
3 1/2 x 24 1/8 in. diam. (8.9 x 61.3 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Type
Decorative Arts-Fiber
Crafts