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Early Large Yokut Indian Cooking Basket

Exceptional, early, large Yokut Indian Cooking Basket in the rattlesnake pattern with a very tight weave, circa 1880-1890. The Yokut Indians lived in the foothills of central valley California near Squaw Valley, Wonder Valley, Dunlap, and Fresno. Basket weaving was an essential part of the Yokut Indian woman's life, and was passed down from generation to generation. They were known for their skilled craftmanship and ornate designs. The woman traditionally make acorn meal, as acorns were plentiful in the region, and the stitching was tight enough to keep water in the baskets.

This Yokut Indian basket measures approximately 10.5" high, 21" diameter at the top, and 8" diameter at the base, with 11-12 stitches per inch, and 7 coils per inch. There is one separation on the inside and a red stain on the inside bottom (see photo), but otherwise in good condition. This great basket came from an historical California family.

Width:21 inches 
Height:10.5 inches 
Item #:63 

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