c. 1925 coiled basket woven with willow, bracken fern root, and redbud by an unknown artist (Mono Lake Paiute)
The Yosemite Valley landscape has long inspired artistic production. During the early decades of the 20th century, production of baskets in the Yosemite Valley was at its zenith, fueled by a newly established tourism-based economy. Miwok and Mono Lake Paiute women began expanding their practice of making baskets as traditional functional objects, evolving them into objects designed for artistic consumption. The work of these artists is considered to this day a benchmark for excellence in the field.
"Three-rod coiled basket, leftward coil direction, clock spring start. Rim overstitched with diagonal rim finish, in a rightward coil direction. Pattern consists of five horizontal bands of checked rows. The basket is nearly spherical in form, with excellent form. Although not particularly finely woven (12-14 stiches and 7 coils per inch), it is a very well made basket. No basket tag was found for this basket."
-The Ella M. Cain Collection of Mono Lake Paiute Basketry basket description, page 41
measurements: 6.5" tall x 9.5" diameter