A very nice lidded Woodlands Indian basket, woven free hand without a mold using hand-cut splints, some swabbed in Prussian blue, probably ca. 1880 with nice vegetable dye accents.
Covered basket woven of 3/4-1" splints. Square base, circular top. The four sides are decorated in a free-hand, painted design of pink and black four-lobed medallions. Four of these medallions placed in circular fashion form the side decoration. The center of the circular cover has a similar design.Probable Datec. 1830
Potato Basket, Littleton, ca. Maliseet and Micmac Indians made this style of traditional Maine basket for harvesting potatoes by weaving splints made of brown ash. I used many from age 5 to 15 for many potato farmers in The County!
A square band basket made by a member of the Penobscot Nation about The bands are nearly black, probably from indigo dyes, which can range in color from a light, bright blue to a blue-black depending on the concentration used.