Pima (Akimel O'odham) boat-shaped miniature basket

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Pima (Akimel O'odham) boat-shaped miniature basket

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2 3/4" long x 7/8" wide x 3/8" high

26 stitches per inch and 14 coils per inch

coiled out of willow and devil's claw on bear grass

excellent condition

circa 1900-1920

$850.

(mc2127)

 

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When the railroads arrived in the Southwest, the people who came in contact with them had an additional way of supporting themselves by utilizing their traditional skills and materials to make objects that they could sell. The Pima have a long heritage of fine basket making and thus the weavers began to make objects that could be easily transported by visitors back to their homes

This basket is one of a group of very fine, quality miniatures that have been in an Eastern collection. All are very tightly woven and shaped with skill that only an experienced weaver had. It is very difficult to weave very small, tightly coiled baskets out of materials that are relatively stiff. This group of Pima baskets currently posted on my website represent baskets of high quality and relative rarity.