c. 1912 coiled basket woven with willow, sedge root, bracken fern root, and redbud by 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-rode coiled basket, leftward coil direction, clock spring start. Rim overstitched with diagonal rim finish, in a leftward coil direction. Two butterflies, enclosed in red diamonds, alternate with two eagle-like forms. A black zigzag is at the rim of the basket. The start is wrapped over more time than other starts by Daisy Mallory, however, this feature, along with the basket's design arrangement, stitching trimming of materials and rim finish is consistent with other baskets from the Charlie family.
Basket tag reads: 17A Daisy Young Charlie Find grass root basket Designs - thunder birds and butterflies. Jagged design at top. Mono Mills, Calif. Around 1912. See 4A, 9A, 21A, 12F. 'Baskets considered as a whole greatest of Paiute tribe.'"
-The Ella M. Cain Collection of Mono Lake Paiute Basketry basket description, page 44
measurments: 6 1/8" x 4"