- Museum number
Cooking basket; twined, plain and closed, of peeled hazel warps and Ponderosa (?) pine root; decoration near lip, 1 band of 3 rows of 3 stran twining of beargrass; owner's mark 1/4 row of checks in white beargrass at lower 1/3 of basket.
- Production date
- mid 1800s
Diameter: 30 centimetres
Height: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
From Margaret Mathewson:
-Twined, plain, close, S twist, rightward. Auxilliary weaves - 4 rows at start, 2 rows on base, 3 rows in decorative band. Start - 5x5 (or 6x6) crossed and wrapped square - 2 times around entire groups - then 3 strand aplices - warps added as brushes to an older warp, (add row, 12 rows after 3 strand). Wefts - old moving end curled around new fag end and up into. Warp - some visible as over hand knots inside that did not get folded up into the weft. Rim - cut off cleanly - original rim was 6th row after decorative band - new mostly gone. Materials - peeled hazel warps probably (large pith visible on worn interior start), pine root wft (probbaly Ponderosa if from Cow Creek), indland from spruce band on coast pine was common softer, more rubbery, looks 'sugary' or sparkly under magnification especially where worn, also fuzzier and more golden than brown when it ages. Decoration - one band of three rows, 3 strand twining below rum - 2 wefts of sandwiched white beargrass - 1 or 2 layers (but a root is overlaid in one face overlay in a few places), the 3rd weft is plain. Signature or owners mark 1/4 row of checks in white beargrass (one face overlay) on the lower 1/3 on side. Other observations - 3 places on rim show thread (not indigenous, probably old museum display left over or tags), small thread repair on rim, also probably not indigenous. Small patch of residue (acorn soup? glue? plaster?), food residue also inside.
Ethnography Department Christy Collection registration Slip: "1240. Bowl-shaped basket closely woven of pine root, on the outside below the rim a band of ornament in straw coloured grass. Cooking Basket. Cow Creek Indians. Oregon. Purchased from an old woman by R. W. Summers.".
Associated text: (Journal RWS, Diary I 17) "Cooking pot procured of one of the most aged wrinkled & hardly human-looking Indians of the Cow-Creek tribe, Oregon by RWS. 'In a romantic nook (on the Gd Rd Reserv) we found some of the Cow-Creeks (sic). One, a poor miserable little hut, had a very projecting roof at one end, & here was a small opening a foot above the ground, over which hung a miserable curtain. We crawled through & there, in the middle of the little room over a heap of hot ashes crouched the oldest and most miserable human being we ever saw. It proved to be a woman, blind and wrinkled and bony almost past belief. Her grey hair hung down from the crown all around alike and she had scarcely a vestige of clothing. Three old women like this lived there, in care of a young squaw. We hastily climbed into the open air and took all the bits of ancient work they had, 1240 being the chief.'".
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018- 2019 01 Jun- 31 May, Grande Ronde, USA, Chachalu Tribal Museum & Cultural Centre, Rise of the Collectors
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Am1900C3.105 (old CDMS no.)