Star Basket


Item Number: DR 412 Tribal Affiliation Tohono O’odham Papago
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Bear Grass, Yucca and Devil’s Claw
Dimensions: 9.5″ x 1.75
Age: Circa: 1950s



This shallow basket was probably woven in the Papago era, before 1987 when these Indians changed their name to Tohono O’odham Papago meaning the Desert People. It has the vintage feel of a tightly woven piece of basketry. The star design is made with devil’s claw which gives a wonderful contrast to the off-white yucca background. Note the four-way start of the basket in its center that is visible on top and bottom, which is typical of the majority of round Tohono O’odham Papago baskets.

Condition: Excellent
Provenance: Acquired from my family’s private collection.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner.

Additional information

Weight 11 oz