ANTIQUE NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN, PAPAGO, (Tohono O'odham) hand woven basket tray or shallow bowl. This basket is one of the few every day working baskets that we have owned. It was possibly woven to be used for a sorting basket in everyday tribal life. The basket does not feature any visible pattern that we can see. Instead, it is strong with thickly bundled coils and has a combination of natural weaving materials that create a random pattern of dark, medium dark and light. This basket has had an interesting life! Starting out woven in Arizona then somehow (trade? spoils of a raid?) ending up with the Southern Cheyenne in Oklahoma. The basket was brought in to the Mohawk Lodge (in western Oklahoma) pre-1940 and sold to the owner as a Cheyenne gambling basket. Unknown if it was ever used for gambling, but there is light wear and soil on the inside of the basket and it is slightly out of round, like it has been held on each side and possibly used to flip dice, or perhaps just shook to shuck seeds or other daily chores. Regardless, it is an interesting basket, just wish it could talk to us!
SIZE: As mentioned, in some places 12 1/2" round, in others 13 1/4" round. Depth is 2 1/2".
CONDITION: Good, the basket is flexible, not dry and cracking. Could be from being in Oklahoma with our humidity. As stated, there is some soiling between the interior bottom coils. No breaks, rim is excellent. Some fading and a few white flecks (paint?) on a couple of the interior coils.
A wonderful example of an honest, hard working basket!
Thank you for your interest! We love baskets, it will be packed carefully! If I overcharge you on the shipping, I will refund.
Available for a flexible layaway!
Native American Indian Papago Hand Woven Basket
$125 $165 SALE
USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box
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