Maidu basketry tray

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Maidu basketry tray

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8 3/8" diameter x 1 7/16" high

maple and dyed bracken fern

14 stitches per inch; 8 coils per inch

ex: Private Collection

circa 1920-1930

$1100.

(mc2086)

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There are several groups of Maidu. The Mountain Maidu  were the only one of these groups that produced all black designs on white (also known as Northeastern Maidu), The stitches on the outside of the tray (the nonworking surface) are split. Both of these characteristics, along with the leftward direction of the weave (seen on the inside of the tray or the working surface) and the materials that were used help identify this tray as Mountain Maidu. (Kania and BlaugrundAntique Native American Basketry of Western North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Identification {Marquand Books, Seattle, 2014), p. 187-188.

One copy of this book, Antique Native American Basketry of Western North America: A Comprehensive Guide to Identification, is available for purchase. Click this link to learn more: http://www.marcyburns.com/books-collection/native-antique-american-basketry-of-western-north-america