c. 1931 coiled basket by Maria Harry (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 slightly oval start for round basket, leftward coil direction, rim diagonally overstitched. Pattern of connected red or black triangles arranged in 'v' forms, with other red and black patterns, including a redbud form that is somewhat like an arrowpoint containing a black '+' motif. Basket is finely stitched, 20 stitches per inch and 7 coils per vertical inch. One stitch broken on rim.
Basket tage reads: 12E - Her masterpiece Maria Harry of Bodie, Calif. Around 1931. Died at Plummer's ranch, Neveda, 1940. Baskets have a light-dark effect. See 5E, 16B, 32A."
-The Ella M. Cain Collection of Mono Lake Paiute Basketry basket description, page 53
measurements: 11" diameter x 5 1/2" tall