ring foot; outward-flaring sides of basket with flat shoulder and wide mouth; tight-fitting lid with ring beneath rim; basket and cover decorated with stepped bands of medium and dark brown on light brown ground; dark brown quail feathers around point of shoulder

Basket, c. 1900

Tübatulabal

Plant fibers, quail feathers

Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor 2014.149.16a,b

On View in Gallery 281

This basket, made in the early 20th century by an Indigenous woman artist in California, incorporates locally harvested materials including grasses and roots, gathered through a deeply complex understanding of the local ecology. Harvesting is just the beginning of a long process of the preparation of materials that must happen before each artist can sit down to weave.

Image: Public Domain. Gift of Vanessa Laird and Timothy Raylor

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