Object photography

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Object description

  • Barbara D. Francis (Penobscot, birth 1957)
  • Basket, 2005
  • Sweet grass, ash
  • Maine, northeast, United States
  • H: 9 1/2 in, dia.: 10 in (H: 24.1 cm, dia.: 25.4 cm)
  • Gift of Merry Glosband, 2005
  • E302704.AB
  • Continues tradition of Native Maine artists weaving baskets for outside sale
  • Features basketry curls originally added to please non-Native customers

For over 200 years, Penobscot artists have sold decorative and utilitarian bakets to both tourists and Maine residents. In the 19th century, Native weavers began adding fancy basketry curls to please patrons. In this contemporary basket, Barbara Francis has updated the design by enlarging the form.