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
Ill: 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.