Yokut Polychrome Bottleneck ÂFriendshipÂ BasketTulare Lake region, Central California, circa 1900
Woven from Caladium root, redbud shoots and bracken fern roots.
H. 6 _ in.; W. 10 in.
ÔFriendshipÕ baskets were given as gifts to family and friends to store personal items. This basket represents the three dimensions of human existence: the celestial world is represented as a star motif along the upper neck, the human dimension represented as 25 stylized figures holding hands, and the stylized rattlesnake wrapped around the base symbolizes the protector of the underworld.
Provenance: Pook and Pook, Inc., The Americana Collection of Richard and Rosemarie Machmer, Dowington, Pennsylvania, October 2008, lot 772 (sold for $15,210)
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000