Object photography

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Object description

  • Pomo artist
  • Basket, before 1853
  • Plant fiber, shell, glass, abalone
  • Sacramento Valley, California, United States
  • H: 2 3/4 in, dia.: 8 1/2 in (H: 7.0 cm, dia.: 21.6 cm)
  • Gift of William Silsbee, 1853
  • E3757


This is a shallow circular basket with a plant fiber cord used for hanging. The basket and cord are ornamented with shell disk beads (called discoidals) and hanging strands of white, glass beads, some red glass beads with abalone pendants on the ends. The basket was at one point ornamented with brightly colored feathers (long since disintegrated due to insect damage). The basket may have been made for a special ceremony or as a presentation object.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006