Storage basket

Native American (Nipmuck, Eastern Algonkian)
1830s


Object Place: Massachusetts (Central western), United States

Dimensions

31.11 x 53.34 x 43.18 cm (12 1/4 x 21 x 17 in.)

Accession Number

1994.187

Medium or Technique

Ash, laundry bluing, Mohegan pink (red and white lead)

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Basketry

Rectangular basket constructed of wide checker plaiting; three rows of narrow wicker plaiting on top and bottom edges; single wrapped rim. Red and blue painted symbols. Front and back bear a medallion composed of triangles at center of a large “X” with leaf-like ellipses. Curls and moon-shapes form a stockade border on top and sides. Stipes and dots mark off the bottom border. Sides bear three repeated medallions composed of domes around a center space; two on top row and one centered below. Newspaper fragments line the inside.

Inscription

The interior of this basket retains numerous small fragments of what appears to be nineteenth-century newspaper. While legible, none of the fragments in a fairly thorough examination seemed to contain any date or place name. GWRW 6/5/09

Provenance

Early history unknown. Found in Maine in 1993 and brought to Hurst Gallery. With Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1993. Purchased in 1994.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. William White Howells