Object photography

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Object description

  • Possibly Coast Salish artist
  • Bag, early 19th century
  • Plant fiber
  • Northwest Coast, North America
  • L: 13 3/4 in, W: 3/4 in, D: 8 1/2 in (L: 34.9 cm, W: 1.9 cm, D: 21.6 cm)
  • Gift of Robert Bennet Forbes, 1832
  • E3624


East India Marine Society Collection


This is a soft woven bag. Both the front and the back side of the basket exhibit a decorative pattern of dark brown weaving on a light brown/tan background. The front side is decorated with six vertical rows of rectangular box-like patterns, from which extend horizontal lines / arms extending out from either side of the vertical row, except for the two rows on either endside which only have horizontal lines/arms pointing inward. The back side of the basket has a long rectangle in the center with two bands around it, progressively increasing in size. There is a downward facing serrated border around the entire top of the work.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006
  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997