Basketmaker II Precursor of Motif 1, Reduced Form, Type 2
Cat. No. 164790 Courtesy of The Field Museum
Photograph by Laurie Webster
Stylized drawing by author of top figure in sandal
It is easy to see the resemblance between the BMII figures (left and above) and the BMIII Motif 1 Reduced Type 1 (below). They both display a triangular head directly attached to a pair of appendages (wings). Or wait - is the BMII figure actually exhibiting two half heads?
Stylized drawing by author of Motif 1 Reduced Form Type 2
Basketmaker II Precursors of Motif 1, Joined Form
Three methods of joining figures are represented in the BMII artifacts illustrated here. The first method, shown in both the basket and the sandal, involves connecting two three-tiered figures, one upright and one inverted, by their bases. The second and thirds methods are shown only in the sandal. The second method involves connecting the central joined figure, by means of two short horizontal base lines, to the two joined half-figures on the right and left sides. The third method involves connecting, within each of the four zigzag rows, the three full and two half two-tiered figures by the use of four short horizontal base lines.
MPC 19188.8.131.52 Courtesy of the Museum of Peoples and Cultures, Brigham Young University Photograph by Laurie Webster
Stylized drawing by author of central joined three-tiered figures, with horizontal base line extensions (for joining left and right joined three-tiered half-figures).
Stylized drawing by author of central upright two-tiered figure, showing baseline connections with left and right inverted two-tiered figures.
PM# 16-9-10/A2906 Peabody Museum Expedition, Samuel J. Guernsey, Director, 1916. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Plate 24.i (Guernsey and Kidder 1921)
These figures, with their frames of stepped triangles, are displayed as isolated panels. The basket probably had four panels originally.
digital tracing by author of portion of Plate 24.i
Basketmaker II Precursor of Motif 1, Basic Form
PM# 17-34-10/A3576 (Cave 11) Peabody Museum Expedition, Samuel J. Guernsey, Director, 1916. © President and Fellows of Harvard College, Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Plate 26.d in Guernsey and Kidder 1921