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.


This is a polychrome basketry tray with an unusually small pedestal constructed with a coiled weave technique out of sumac and juncus. The object is decorated with dark brown designs on a light brown background, consisting of a diamond shape ornamented band just below the rim with eight chevron ornamented bands extending out and pointing toward the center of the object.

Exhibition History

  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011
  • Power and Beauty: A New Native American Art Gallery at the Peabody Essex Museum, Peabody Essex Museum; 2003 through 2005