Running Horse Antiques of The Yellow Garage offers a beautiful early 20th century native Alaskan basket with lid. This basket is from the private collection of Leigh and Christine Robinson. In 1928 Mr. Robinson accepted a position as Superintendent of Schools for the Seward Peninsula District. From 1928 to 1942 the Robinson family lived respectively in Nome, Klawock and Hoonah. Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were dedicated educators keenly interested in preserving native Alaskan arts. Leigh and Christine were highly respected in both their field of education and commitment to Alaskan arts and crafts. Among their many contributions to raise awareness and an appreciation for Alaskan arts was their organization of the Northwest Alaskan Fair, "which awarded prizes to students for outstanding work." It is believed many of the pieces in their private collection were gifts from their students. Upon inspection one can quickly see this twined lidded basket with geometric design is tightly woven and expertly crafted. The quality is exceptional and its condition is excellent. There are no breaks, splits or tears and the lid fits snugly to the basket. Please enjoy the pictures, we are certain you will appreciate this Native Alaskan piece of art to be a true American treasure.
Dimensions: 4" high 4 1/4" diameter