Sep 21, 2005

Gift Bowl

Gift Bowl

c. 1900

Sedge with mallard, quail, acorn woodpecker feathers, clam and abalone shells; coiled (3 rods)

Overall: 3 x 16.5 cm (1 3/16 x 6 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. J. E. Bauerschmidt 1959.383



Although this basket probably was not made for native use, the feathered basket is based on an older type that was exchanged among natives as a treasured gift on such occasions as ceremonies that marked the stages of life. The feathers and shell beads are symbols of prestige and wealth.

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