Mission basketry bowl


Mission basketry bowl


circa 1900-1920

10 1/4" long x 9 1/2" wide x 6 1/4" high

excellent condition




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Woven out of juncus, dyed juncus and Joshua tree root

15 stitches per inch and 6 coils per inch

ex: Marcy Burns; PA private collection

The Mission tribes of Southern California wove beautiful baskets. The Cahilla, Cupeno, Juaneno, Kumeyaay, Luiseno and Serrano tribes of Southern California are often grouped together as "Mission" tribes, most probably because of their locations near various Spanish Missions. Their weaving materials and details of weaving techniques are shared. 

Coiled on 3 rods, this basket has a very dynamic design of corn plants surrounded top and bottom by a zig-zag design. The variegated juncus gives a lot of life to the cornstalk design, as does the polychrome zig-zag band that is above and below the corn plant.

As is frequently seen in Mission baskets, this basket has an oval start and slightly oval dimensions.  To one's eye, however, it appears to be round.