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Miniature Pack Basket Purse

1934.2998 (RS221967)

Description

Miniature pack basket purse with a rectangular base narrowing to a smaller neck apeture made from ash splints. A single arched handle made from splint and wrapped with splint is attached at either short side of the purse body. The basket is woven from alternating bands of thick and thin weavers with alternating standards swabbed blue. The thin, or "wicker" weave, body sections are swabbed red when they cross over the blue standards. It most likely had a lid, which does not appear to have survived. The rim is a splint exterior with a carved wood interior held in place with a single lash of ash splint.

Details

Maker
Attributed to Penobscot people (Basket maker)
Date
1890-1930
Location of origin
New England
Material
ash (wood)
weaving
Object type
Personal Gear; Personal Carrying & Storage Gear
Places
New England (United States) [general region]
Descriptive terms
ash (wood)
Basket, Carrying
Basket, Pack
baskets (containers)
handbags
pack baskets
purses (ladies' accessories)
weaving
Dimensions
13 x 6 x 3 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1934.2998
Credit Line
Fowler House Estate
GUSN
37510

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