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Tohono O’odham Olla


Item Number: DR 406
Tribal Affiliation: Tohono O’odham Papago
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Bear Grass, Yucca and Devil’s Claw
Age: Circa late 1920s – early 1930s
Dimensions: 7 1/2″ x 6″



This storage olla shows a wonderful plaited start knot and is very tightly woven.  The design flows right into the rim as on many earlier baskets. This is a wonderful example of the baskets utilized by the Tohono O’odham for storage of grains and foods.

Condition: Original Condition: The colors have faded due to time, and there are a few stitch breaks
Provenance: Acquired from my family’s private collection.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner and The Papago Indians and Their Basketry by Terry DeWald

Additional information

Weight 10 oz