VINTAGE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN LIDDED BASKET BY POSSIBLY THE MALISEET, PENOBSCOT, PASSAMAQUODDY, PEQUOT, MICMAC OR ONE OF THE OTHER UPPER EASTERN NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES. (Please see map photo, it shows native tribes around the great lakes, but also shows tribes from Pennsylvania, on up the eastern seaboard to Maine and into New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario.) This large lidded jar shaped "fancy" basket is in excellent condition. The basket is made using plaited wooden (ash?) splints and accented with aniline dyes and stains. The basket features a beautiful hand whittled and steam bent swing handle. It features beautiful dyed contrasting fancy curled splints which originally were red but have now mellowed and aged to a rust color. There is also a dyed dark green band approximately 3" from the fancy curled bottom row. The basket has naturally aged and developed a mellow patina on the unstained slats which still contrast nicely with the darker alternating slats.
Basket and lid are in excellent condition. I see 2 very small and minor slight cracks in the smaller slats, no damage on lid, fancy twists, base or rest of basket. Lid still fits perfectly.
This style of Native American northeastern basketry went through a revival era from the 1930's through the 1960's. While the basket could be older, I believe it to be from that revival period.
SIZE: Including Handle: OAH: 14 1/4", OAW: 12"
Actual Basket Only: OAH: 10 1/2", OAW: 10 1/2"
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