A Chumash basket
Lot 4248
A rare and early Southern California polychrome basket
US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£12,000 - 18,000
Auction Details
A Chumash basket
Lot Details
A rare and early Southern California polychrome basket
Finely woven with repeated fretwork bands, inverted triangle devices repeated below the rim, restored.
height 8 3/4in, diameter 13 3/4in


  • Provenance:
    John Muir; Phoebe Apperson Hearst; Douglas Ewing

    Ewing, Douglas, p. 312, fig. 373: "Chumash, c. 1825"

    There is a difference of opinions regarding the proper attribution of this basket. The foundation consists of both solid and split rods. While some experts have suggested a Chumash origin, this particular trait may indicate a Gabrielino or neighboring provenance. The materials and design vocabulary could have been utilized by either group.
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