Pomo miniature basket, boat-shaped

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Pomo miniature basket, boat-shaped

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3/8" long x 1/4" wide

bulrush root and sedge

very tightly woven

excellent condition

circa 1900

SOLD

(B0990a)

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The Pomo Indians live between the Pacific Ocean and Clear Lake, California. Their land was bountiful, with fish, animals, plants, berries etc. readily available. This allowed them the time and the materials to weave utilitarian and fancy baskets, both for themselves and for trade with others. They wove in many different styles, utilizing many different weaving techniques, including twining, plaiting, and coiling and varieties of each (such as single-rod and three-rod coiling. Their baskets are recognized as being among the finest in the world.

This particular basket is a miniature. It is in the shape of a boat, with the predominant material used being bulrush, making a negative design. (The boat form is traditional among the Pomo: In earlier times, the Pomo wove and used full-sized boats out of tule reeds that they harvested, especially in the Clear Lake region).

A highly skilled weaver wove this basket, most probably for the challenge of doing so as it is extremely difficult to prepare materials and coil at this scale. The stitch count is 56 stitches per inch, 16 coils per inch. Incredible weave!