Mission Indian Basket, ca. 1920
Well, it was given to me by mom, and I always told my kids that it was American Indian, but I'm not sure that it is.
Well, I'm happy to inform you that this is American Indian. It is specifically from the Southern California area. The tribal affiliation is LuiseÒos, sometimes also referred to as Mission Indians. It's a wonderful example of their basketry from about 1920. The light color is willow, and the warm orange color is a plant material called juncus. And the usual thing is to have a spiral motif in the center, and then there are also numerous figures around the walls of the basket. Very well done, in excellent condition, and in a retail market, I would expect this to sell for about $1,500.
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