- Elizabeth Hickox, Karuk, American, 26 July 1875 - 19 July 1947
- Born: California
- Work Locations: California
MediumMaidenhair fern, porcupine quill, and dye
Credit LineNative Arts acquisition fund
Elizabeth Hickox (Karuk), Container, early 1900s. Maidenhair fern, porcupine quill, and dye; 5½ x 5½ in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1946.389A-B
Dimensionsdiameter: 5 1/2 in, 13.97 cm; height: 5 1/2 in, 13.97 cm
Inscription"Made by Mrs. Hickox, etc."
CollectionIndigenous Arts of North America
This object is currently on view
Karuk artists of the 1800s wove exceptional baskets for home use as well as for ceremonial purposes. By the twentieth century community needs diminished as handwoven baskets were replaced by commercial goods. The talented mother-daughter team of Elizabeth and Louise Hickox earned widespread recognition for the baskets they created for a new market of Anglo collectors. Drawing upon their formidable skills as weavers combined with their artistic vision, they created an entirely new basket form with graceful, incurving sides topped off with dramatic elongated knobs.
Known ProvenanceElizabeth Hickox [1875–1947]; Basket commissioned by Grace Nicholson [1877-1948], Pasadena, CA, before 1946; Denver Art Museum, 1946.