NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN BEAUTIFUL Pima hand woven bowl shaped basket. Woven by the Pima native people located in southern Arizona who are known for their beautiful and excellent basketry, this small, strong, basket is an excellent example of their beautiful work. There are several traditional, locally grown, basketry materials that are hand harvested and prepared to create their art. The local materials include: willow, cattail, beargrass, yucca, yucca root and devil's claw (creates the black designs the Pima are well known for). This basket is made of bundled grass, then woven with yucca for the light color and devil's claw for the black color. There are several neighboring tribes that create similar baskets, but while there are no hard and fast rules, there are several characteristics of a Pima Basket. Almost all baskets start at the bottom in the center, in this case the Pima begin their baskets with a black (Devil's Claw) circle and then add and work up or out from there. Two other characteristics of Pima work evident in this basket is the use of a lot of black in the design, plus a braided or laced rim on their baskets. The design on this basket goes by several names: woven fret or a Greek key, and some would call it "whirling logs".
CONDITION: Great! A few broken stitches can be seen on the inside (probably from use). Rim and braid are excellent. The bottom of the bowl is excellent. Sides are strong and in original shape. The yucca has darkened with age and is a mellow yellow brown patina, the black does not appear faded. No smells and no stains. There is a darker spot in the center, it is not a stain, it is darker devil's claw. There are several places where the black appears darker. These spots do not look like repairs, just darker devil's claw.
SIZE: 7" Diameter at top, 4" Diameter at bottom, 3" in Height
CIRCA: First Quarter of the 20th Century. Best guess is 1910-1920
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