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.

Physical description

Coiled cedar root cradle with parallel wood slat base construction. Wide, rounded walls at proximal end and narrow, flat walls at distal end. Overcast rim is decorated with red beading. Intricate white beaded design around the proximal end which covers the four top slats with five rows of beading per slat. The white imbrication also covers almost one entire side of the cradle, and about one third of the other side. Red cherry bark designs, in arrow shapes, are on one side as well. The distal end is undecorated.