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Western Apache or Yavapai basket with celestial images

$ 3,900
  • Description
    The Western Apache and Yavapai Indians are related. Clara Lee Tanner, in her seminal work Apache Indian Baskets states that it can be difficult to differentiate between San Carlos (Western Apache) and Yavapai baskets. These two groups lived together on the same reservation and wandered together before reservation days and the weavers influenced each other in terms of designs and techniques. In general, however, many people feel that Yavapai baskets are more symmetrical in their designs, with the Western Apache often adding or placing random elements in their basketry designs. That is why we have labelled this basket as “Apache/Yavapai”.

    The negative design that highlights the sun’s rays is a very powerful representation. The additional decorative element of the cross, in negative space, may refer just to that, the cross, or the weaver may have used the cross as a reference to stars in the skies. Either way, this basket has a very powerful visual impact and it has survived the years in excellent condition.

    12-14 stitches per inch
    5.5 coils per inch
  • More Information
    Origin: United States, New Mexico
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: willow and devil's claw, coiled
    Condition: New. excellent condition
    Creation Date: circa 1900-1920s
    Styles / Movements: American Indian, Modern
    Patterns: Abstract, Geometric, Handmade
    Book References: Tanner, Clara Lee. Apache Indian Baskets (University of Arizona Press, Tucson, AZ, 1982), pp 178-181.
    Dealer Reference #: mc2244
    Incollect Reference #: 411446
  • Dimensions
    H. 3.625 in; Diam. 14.5 in;
    H. 9.21 cm; Diam. 36.83 cm;
Message from Seller:

For over thirty years, Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC has been nationally recognized as a premier dealer in antique American Indian basketry, textiles, pottery and jewelry, including Native American and Classic Designer jewelry from Taxco, Mexico.

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