Miniature Pack Basket Purse

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1890-1930

GUSN

GUSN-37510

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

Descriptive Terms

baskets (containers)
pack baskets
purses (ladies' accessories)
handbags
ash (wood)
weaving
Basket, Carrying
Basket, Pack
Basket, Pack

Maker

Attributed to Penobscot people (Basket maker)

Location of Origin

New England

Dimensions

13 x 6 x 3 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Fowler House Estate

Accession Number

1934.2998

Places

New England (United States) [general region]