Native American Makah Basket Whirling Logs RARE Early 20th Century
For sale is a Native American bear grass dyed lidded basket. This basket is circa late 1800s - 1920s and the design depicts whirling logs. This is an ancient symbol that is found among many First Nations cultures around the world. It represents harmony, balance, the four directions and a symbol of the four seasons. The appropriation of the symbol by the nazis turned the meaning to one of hate and racism. As a result, many museums are reluctant to display these artifacts which is the reason a lot of these baskets were disposed of making them rare particularly in this condition: I was hesitant to have this item on my site for this reason. However, this piece is a collectors item and the native meaning has nothing to do with how the symbol was used in WWII.
The basket is made from dyed bear grass with cedar bark around the edge that the lid fits onto. This basket incorporates the wrapped twines technique which is able to produce small, delicate, finely tuned work such as this example. There is a wonderful patina to this old basket.
The measurements are 2 " H X 3" in diameter: the basket is in very good condition for age with expected wear. Great collectible example of an early Makah or Nuu-chah-nulth basket of this vintage and condition.
Thank you for looking and please follow my store as new art is added often. The item "Native American Makah Basket Whirling Logs RARE Early 20th Century" is in sale since Friday, December 6, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Baskets". The seller is "vssport" and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada.
- Handmade: Yes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Provenance: Private Collection
- Tribal Affiliation: Makah / Nuu-chah-nulth