About this object

History of use

Traditionally, baskets were used for a variety of domestic purposes, but starting in the mid-19th century, most basketry goods were made as sale items to provide a source of cash income.

Cultural context

cash economy; craft market

Physical description

Part (a) is an oval, coiled basket (with bifurcated stitches) with slat construction and parallel coil bottom. Exterior walls are completely imbricated in geometric wave pattern in light yellow-brown grass, dark and red cherry bark. A metal buckle is fastened to hide sewn on one long side. Small piece of hide is sewn on opposite side. Part (b) is an oval lid with parallel coil and slat construction, and split stitches. Beaded in light yellow-brown grass and in light red-brown cherry bark. Two pieces of hide are sewn on lid, one on each side, the wide to the back and narrow to front.