Native American (Nipmuck, Eastern Algonkian)
Object Place: Massachusetts (Central western), United States
31.11 x 53.34 x 43.18 cm (12 1/4 x 21 x 17 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ash, laundry bluing, Mohegan pink (red and white lead)
Not On View
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.
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
Early history unknown. Found in Maine in 1993 and brought to Hurst Gallery. With Hurst Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by 1993. Purchased in 1994.
Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. William White Howells