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Pomo coiled oval basket

ca. 19th Century
19th Century
4 3/4 in. x 21 1/2 in. x 11 3/4 in. (12.07 cm x 54.61 cm x 29.85 cm)

Native American, Native American

Object Type: Baskets
Creation Place: North America, United States
Medium and Support: Plant fiber
Credit Line: Museum Purchase
Accession Number: 1951.117
The Pomo are a diverse group of peoples and are known for creating some of the finest baskets. Many fancy coiled baskets were decorated with feathers of acorn woodpecker, valley quail, mallard duck, oriole, bluebird, meadowlark, and other birds. Designs with feathers could range from sporadic to completely covering the basket. Beads were also used to decorate baskets, including clam shell and magnesite beads. Coiled basketry was used in both utilitarian and ceremonial contexts.

In the Pomo tribes both men and women are basket makers, although the styles and uses are slightly different. In general, the baskets made by women are coiled, twined or feathered, and used for cooking and storing food. The women also make the baskets used for spiritual ceremonies. The men make baskets for fishing, bird traps, and baby baskets.

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