Beautifully proportioned and in excellent condition, this very fine Northwest Coast Salish tightly coiled lidded basket dates I believe from the late 19th or early 20th century. Salish weavers are well known for their coiled baskets, often decorated with geometric motifs as was this one.
Made of sea grass, the basket's exterior is a variegated honey color with faded red medallion and red and blue striping. The interior of the lid and body reveals the stunning original, vividly colored pattern in red, blue, green and orange. A wonderful example of exquisite Native American craft and an embodiment of care, time, labor, and keen attention to detail.
5.75ʺ diameter × 5.25ʺtall. Excellent condition. There is fading of the original exterior pattern due to age; the interior reveals original color. No flaws in coiling.