This vintage basket bowl was made in the early traditional form. It is a tightly woven piece of basketry made in a covered stitch style; it is made out of Bear grass (coil), split yucca, and devil’s claw. The geometric circle 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 and is typical of the majority of round Tohono O’odham Papago baskets. The edge demonstrates one of the common decorative finishing stitches with the use of Devil’s Claw. The last coil has been expertly woven to blend in to produce a smooth edge. There is no rim damage– this basket is in beautiful condition.
Condition: Excellent- original condition
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in Arizona.
Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner and The Papago Indians and Their Basketry by Terry DeWald