- Museum number
Basket, bowl made of grass, shells, sedge root, redbud, creeper (?), pearl-shell, feathers.
- Production date
- 1770 (circa)
Height: 10 centimetres
- Curator's comments
From acquisition "bowl". From acquisition "Santa Barbara". [Southern Pomo or Coast or Lake Miwok (Bruce Bernstein, Smithsonian, 2/03/2007)].
McEwan 2009, p.76
Reed basket with shell, glass and feather dangles. Northern California, USA, AD 1770
The basketry of northern Californian cultures can be traced back thousands of years and in historic times the Chumash and Pomo gained renown for their technical mastery. Weaving skills were passed from generation to generation, gradually building a shared repertoire of patterns and designs that identify the traditions of each group and distinguish them from those of its neighbours and rivals. A combination of weaving technique and the use of dyes was used to achieve bold contrasts and characteristic geometric motifs such as the zigzag design running round the circumference of this piece. Additional external embellishments include pendant strings of glass beads and abalone shell interspersed with groups of small disks and red woodpecker feathers.
- On display (G26/dc18)
- Exhibition history
1986-1987 12 Jun-4 Jan, The Vancouver Museum, Captain George Vancouver: A Voyage of Discovery to the North Pacific Ocean and Round the World, 1791-1795
2011 1 Aug-Present, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: West Coast Basketry
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Collected on George Vancouver's voyage to Hawaii and the NW coast of North America 1791-1795.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1891C25.189 (old CDMS no.)