Basketry Cradle

About this object

History of use

Basketry cradles are thought to be of relatively recent origin by some basketry experts, such as Andrea Laforet of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. They may first have appeared in the late 1800s or early 1900s. In the early to mid 20th Century basket makers began expanding their reportoire of shapes and styles for collectors, and many new forms were seen including tea cups, tables, suitcases, and hand bags to name a few.

Cultural context

basketry; children

Physical description

Coiled cedar root cradle decorated with red, black, and white beaded designs in the form of vertical rows of diamond shapes. Wood slat foundation with simple interlocking coiled work and overcast rim.