Purse

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1969

GUSN

GUSN-272746

Description

This square basket purse is made from ash splints and braided sweetgrass. The deep, rectangular base is covered by a flat lid that closes in front with a pair of round ash toggles. The lip of the base and the lip of the lid are each edged in bundles of sweetgrass held in place with an ash splint whipstitch. The lid is elaborately woven in splint, with curls of ash outlined in crisscrossed sweetgrass braids to form "X" shapes. The hinges are ash. A braided sweetgrass bail handle ends in elaborate decorative knots held in place with ash splints stitched through the body of the basket, near the center of each side of the base. A paper hangtag is attached to the handle, identifying the maker, date and location (see Inscriptions)

Details

Descriptive Terms

baskets (containers)
purses (ladies' accessories)
ash (wood)
grass (plant material)
Purse

Inscription

"This/basket/was hand made/by PASSAMAQUODDY INDIANS/ QUODDY WIGWAM, PERRY, ME/ Clara Keezer/1969" (printed)

Maker

Keezer, Clara (Maker)

Location of Origin

Perry, Maine

Credit Line

Family of Nina Fletcher Little

Accession Number

1993.40

Places

Maine (United States)
Perry (Washington county, Maine)