Museum Quality Native American Indian Basket/ Fine Weave Pima Miniature/ C. 1930 For Sale
Museum Quality Native American Basket Pima Miniature - Circa 1930
Fine Weave & Great Design
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Height - - 4.25"
Very finely woven Native American - Pima basket, from Arizona circa 1930.
This basket has an attractive geometric abstract 'maze' design, made with Devils Claw, Willow, and a Bear Grass foundation.
There are as many as 24 stitches to the inch, horizontally and about 8 rows of stitching, vertically.
Tiny, fine baskets, like this one, were made to show the weaver's skill. Many were made in the late 1920's and early 1930's but they are quite rare today.
This miniature Pima basket is of museum quality.
AGE: Circa 1930
Excellent condition, as shown in the photos and with the following noted: No losses or missing stitches. No breaks or damage. Fine aged patina overall.
Pima Basket Weavers
Some of the well-known Pima women who have helped make basketry the art of their people are Ruth Giff, Marcela Brown, Frances Peters, and Madeline Lewis. Their home, the Gila River Indian Reservation, is located south of Phoenix, Arizona. The roots of their craft can be traced to their prehistoric ancestors, the Hohokam. They feel that the designs woven into their baskets with devil’s claw or the martinyia plant evolved from the petroglyphs of the Hohokam. Their knowledge of traditional designs and excellent techniques are sources of personal pride.
Several weeks are spent each year in picking and preparing the raw materials for weaving baskets. The cattails and willow are ready for picking in early spring. Often the entire family will help. Young children learn very early the work necessary for having good materials for weaving. After the materials are picked, they are cleaned, dried, and stored until the weaver is ready to coil a basket. Coiling, or the use of the tight stitch, is the traditional weaving technique used.
The weaver begins the basket by joining together several pieces of moistened cattail, wrapping them with willow, and twisting them into a circular center. Using an awl, she then proceeds to weave circular coils one upon another by piercing holes and pulling willow around the cattail coil. Slowly the basket is built and designs of black devil’s claw are added at the discretion of the artist. Good weavers complete the basket by doing the last row in the black devil’s claw, which adds to the design and strengthens the basket.
( From: Journal of American Indian Education - October 1978 )
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Native American - Indian Baskets and will display beautifully in any Mid Century Modern, Southwest, Santa Fe - Taos Style, Western, Modernist, or Arts and Crafts decor.
This object comes from a smoke-free, pet-free environment and it will be carefully packed and shipped for quick and safe arrival to its new owner.
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Museum Quality Native American Indian Basket/ Fine Weave Pima Miniature/ C. 1930: $430