c. 1915 coiled basket attributed to Daisy (Charlie) Mallory (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 overstiched with diagonal rim finish, in a leftward coil direction. Pattern consists of two zigzags at base of basket, one in red, the other in black. Above this are four unfinished moth forms worked in alternating schemes of red and black. The basket's rim is nicely finished with overstitching, although the moth forms are not complete. The stitching, start, trimming, rim finish and arrangement of butterfly forms is consistent with other documented baskets by Daisy Mallory.
Basket tag reads: 8F Antique looking fern root-zigzag trim around bottom half butterflies or insects? bordering top. Maker?"
-The Ella M. Cain Collection of Mono Lake Paiute Basketry basket description, page 50
measurements: 7" x 3 3/4"