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Pomo Artist

Basket, c. 1920
Wood and feathers
3 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (8.26 x 14.61 x 14.61 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Central California
Technique: Basketmaking (Coiling)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Robert Brewer
Accession Number: P3202
Restricted hemispherical basket with flat bottom. Coiled construction. Interlocking green and yellow feather triangles. Shell disk beads on edge and handle.

Willow stems, sedge, mallard feathers, meadowlark feathers, varied thrush feathers, blackbird feathers, shell beads, and string

Traditionally, Pomo gift baskets were only decorated with quail and red headed woodpecker feathers. Following contact with white society, their baskets were made with other kinds of feathers.

Traditionally, Pomo feather baskets were made almost exclusively as gifts for important or revered people. Although baskets continue to maintain a spiritual significance in Pomo culture, by the early 20th century they were being sold to wealthy white collectors and tourists. At that time, women were largely responsible for the creation of intricate and artistic baskets such as this one, while men wove those for utilitarian purposes. Feather baskets represent hours of work; feathers must be dried, scraped clean of organic materials, and carefully slid between each stitch. Northern and Eastern Pomo call the bands of isosceles triangles that cover this basket the butterfly design; Central Pomo refer to them as the arrowhead-half design.

Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 20 illustrated/color.
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 84, fig. 287.

Brewer trade.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 3 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (8.26 x 14.61 x 14.61 cm) Measured by Cornejo-Reynoso, Aitzin

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