Miwok miniature basket

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Miwok miniature basket

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2 5/8" diameter x 2" high

18 1/2 stitches/inch and 10 coils/inch

circa 1900-1920

maple (?) and dyed bracken fern

$650.

(mc2094)

Excellent condition with a few missing stitches and some thread where there used to be a white clam shell bead

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Miwok baskets are actually fairly rare. This basket is most probably from the Sierra Nevada area. The "netting" design in dyed bracken fern root is fascinating. It is a design not frequently seen on Californian baskets.

In all likelihood, this basket was made in response to the visitors who flocked to Yosemite National Park in the years after it opened.