Makah Northwest Coast Native Antique Lidded Basket

Regular price $98.00

I've fallen in love with Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth (Nootka) baskets, so finely woven of bear grass and cedar bark--and this is a lovely example in great condition. Based on the plaited structure of the bottom of the basket and incorporation of raffia as the weft, I am fairly certain this piece dates from sometime between 1890s-1930. This one features naturally dyed red, green and dark blue banded patterning, and three small green diamonds at the center of opposite sides. Lifting off the lid reveals the basket's cedar bark lip as well as its fully saturated original colors.

Please see detailed photos for specific examples of wear to the basket--there are a couple of tiny broken stitches along the top edge of the lid and there is a bit of wear to the cedar bark.  Overall very good condition, very structurally sound and stable, and beautiful! 3 7/8" in diameter, 2 1/4" tall.