c. 1920's coiled basket woven with willow, sedge root, and bracken fern root 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 leftward coil direction. Pattern of scattered black motifs, comprised of a variety of elements including bars, triangles, and so forth. Weaving is relatively fine (24 stitches per inch), but control of coil size and corrugation of surface is not as neat as work of Lucy Telles or Carrie Bethel.
Basket tag reads: 8B Lovely larger grass root basket-mellow all black design scattered daintly over basket. Three big black splashes-one on each third. Maker unknown."
-The Ella M. Cain Collection of Mono Lake Paiute Basketry basket description, page 61
measurements: 8 1/4" diameter x 4 3/4" tall