NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN PIMA (POSSIBLY PAPAGO) small, vintage, beautiful basketry "Olla" with lightning bolts and peaked mountains woven in traditional black Martynia (known to basket makers and collectors as "Devil's Claw). The body and shape of the basket is also done traditional with the foundation made of bundled grass or cattail stems and sewn/woven together with narrow strips of willow or cottonwood. This creates a light background for the black Devil's Claw designs to be displayed upon, enhancing the contrast and showing the designs more prominently. The beautiful rim is tightly woven at an angle with the devil's claw and shows wonderful patina.
CONDITION: GOOD vintage condition. No breaks, mouse chews, crushes or any repairs, all original as it was made. The basket is hand made and does show some human characteristics of a very slight dip in the rim. Please look at photographs, it is slight, but is there. The bottom is excellent, no fraying or staining. The inside of the basket shows some light dirt/dust accumulation from the years. Basket has light fading and some light dust, this can be carefully cleaned with a soft toothbrush. I prefer to let the basket's new owner make that decision. Patina takes years, cleaning it away is a matter of minutes and personal preference. The background body of the basket has mellowed to a light mellow tan through the years.
HEIGHT: 6 1/2" WIDTH AT OPENING: 5 1/2" (outside) WIDTH AT SHOULDER: 7" WIDTH AT BOTTOM: 4"
CIRCA: Early 1900's
I mentioned "Possibly Papago" in the opening statement. The Pima and Papago baskets are so similar it is often difficult to distinguish. This basket has both traits, however the use of the Devil's Claw with the symbols chosen led me to Pima. With that said, the basket is woven in a style known as "skip stitch", which would push the identification more towards Papago. The nice small size of the olla and the tight skip stitching makes me wonder if it was woven by a young girl who received influence from both styles of basket making. We will never know, but I have priced with careful thought to all these considerations to be absolutely fair to you as a collector. This size in the shape of an olla is very difficult to find.
Thank you for your interest, please let me know if you have any questions! Our baskets are packed very carefully, we absolutely don't want anything to happen to them, so buy with confidence.
NOTE: I have used the most recognized name for the people known as Papago, but several years ago they chose to be identified as "Tohono o'odham". I mean no disrespect to the tribe, the Papago name is still the most widely recognized in reference to their baskets from the early 1900's and due to the age of this basket I chose to use "Papago".
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