An authentic, rare antique Native American Makah lidded trinket basket patterned with whirling log swastikas and birds. It is made with tightly woven bear grass with cedar bark around the edge. It is circa late 1800's - 1920s. The whirling log swastika is an ancient symbol used among many first nations around the world. It is sanskrit for "well-being, " representing 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. It's use in native weavings was largely discontinued after WW2. Because of this, many early pieces were destroyed, making this basket a rare find. Wonderful collectible example of an early Makah basket. This basket incorporates the wrapped twines technique which is able to produce small, delicate, finely tuned work such as this example.
The basket measures 2.25 " H X 4" in diameter. It is in excellent condition for age with expected wear and patina. I see one area along the top rim where the cedar bark is damaged, as photographed. This item is being offered for your consideration as part of my grandparent's 60-year antique collection.
Many of the better pieces will also be displayed and offered for sale at Homestead Antique Mall, and so could sell at any time. The pictures are vital to the description, so inspect them carefully. I try my hardest to make everyone happy, so please contact me first with any problems or concerns. Finally, thank you for your interest my grandparent's prized collection, accumulated the old-fashioned way...
The item "Antique Native American Makah Basket with Whirling Log and Birds RARE early 1900" is in sale since Monday, December 28, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Other Nat. The seller is "homesteadantiquemall" and is located in Rogers, Arkansas. This item can be shipped to United States.