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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.
purses (ladies' accessories)
Attributed to Penobscot people (Basket maker)
13 x 6 x 3 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Fowler House Estate
New England (United States) [general region]