Unusual Old Square Lidded Makah / Nootka Indian Basket from the Northwest
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Unusual Old Square Lidded Makah / Nootka Indian Basket from the Northwest Picture(s) and Description:
Up for auction is an unusual and well crafted vintage Makah / Nootka Indian basket with a fine weave and a three-color design. The basket was twined in beargrass with a cedar bark start and inner rim, and is in an unusual square shape with a squared-off lid. Be sure to check out the underside, which was woven of cedar right to the edges. This is an old basket, which I estimate dates from 1900 to 1920. Instead of the more common waterfowl or canoeists (which came later) the basket has simple geometric motifs of stripes and zigzags, and only natural dyes were used. This is terrific Makah / Nootka Indian basket in an unusual shape - its age and shape combine to make a very attractive piece for display. The basket is a nice medium-large size, measuring 3½" across at the base and 3½" inches deep to the top of the lid. The basket is in just outstanding condition with no breaks, cracks, or other damage. The lid does ride up a bit on the inner collar - the basket's old age has distorted the original shape a little, but this is really very minor. See photos, as they give a true picture of the basket's features and condition. It will make an outstanding addition to someone's existing collection of Northwest Indian baskets, or would be a worthy start to a new one. Additional Notes: I will be happy to provide a shipping discount for multiple purchases. Please don't hesitate to email me if you have any questions, and please take a look at my other auctions I'm listing today for some nice old Indian baskets. Click here to take a look at my other listings. Click here to read my eBay guide on Indian baskets.