Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum; 2006 through 2012.
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Object description

  • Chumash artist
  • Basket, about 1825
  • Sumac, dyed black juncus, golden juncus
  • Southern California, United States
  • H: 5 1/2 in, dia.: 16 5/8 in (H: 14.0 cm, dia.: 42.2 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2003
  • E302065
  • Blends Native and non-Native design
  • Trays typically used for serving food

This basket's unusual footed pedestal suggests it mas modeled after Chinese porcelain, yet its geometric patterns and weaving techniques come from Chumash traditions. By the 1820s, Chumash weavers catered to an outside market, creating pieces that blend nontraditional forms with Native aesthetics.