Figural Bird Basket


Item Number: DR 431
Tribal Affiliation: Tohono O’odham Papago
Artist: Unknown
Medium: Bear Grass, Yucca and Devil’s Root,
Age: Circa late 1940s
Dimensions: 14 ½ x 11 x 5 ½”



This is a beautiful tightly woven oval basket in the early traditional form. This basket shows a wonderful straight coil sown together in a long line to begin the oval form of the basket. There are four bird figures on each side woven from the Devil’s Claw plant material. The finished top edge demonstrates one of the common decorative finishing stitches again using the dark brown/black of the Devil’s Claw. The last coil has been expertly woven to blend in to produce a smooth edge. This basket is in wonderful study tight condition. It appears there are about 4 rim stitches missing on one side above one of the birds (see second picture). The colors have faded to a beautiful soft tan and black/brown. This is a large nicely woven basket.

Condition: Excellent to Very Good – original condition with appropriate age fading and 4 rim stitches apparently missing
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

Additional information

Weight 33 oz