Chiricahua Apache figural tray

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Chiricahua Apache figural tray

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14" diameter x 4" high

coiled out of willow, devil's claw, sumac

12 stitches per inch and 6 coils per inch

excellent condition

circa 1870-1880

$8800. *SALE 

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Apache baskets that can be identified as Chiricahua Apache are quite rare. There are few documented Chiricahua baskets. However, this basket is likely an early example. It has classic characteristics that, when combined, are associated with Chiricahua basketry: it starts with a fairly narrow bottom and progresses to a noticeable flare-out mid-way up the basket, it is coiled with sumac as well as willow and devil's claw and it has a large flower or star design. Intriguingly, the weaver also incorporates images of elk or deer, a pictorial element more often found in Western Apache baskets. Another fascinating image is that of a nest of devil's claw, woven out of devil's claw.

This basket is in excellent condition and it has been in Marcy Burns' personal collection for many years. It is an early basket, dating back to 1870-1880. It is unrestored and beautiful. A collector of basketry should give it serious consideration.