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Montana Premier March 4th Collector Auction

Sat, Mar 4, 2023 11:00AM EST
Lot 240

C. 1900 Pima Akimel O'odham Polychrome Basket

Estimate: $4,500 - $5,500

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Featured in this lot is a Pima Akimel O'odhma polychrome hand woven basket tray circa early 1900s. The basket features a wonderfully and professionally crafted devil's claw and willow construction with a beautifully designed geometric pattern woven into the center. The side walls of the basket show polychrome coloration of brown and black. The basket is tightly woven and shows great preservation despite its age. Pima, North American Indians traditionally lived along the Gila and Salt Rivers in Arizona, U.S., in what was the core area of the prehistoric Hohokam culture. The Pima, who speak a Uto-Aztecan language and call themselves the “River People,” are usually considered to be the descendants of the Hohokam. The Pima People are well known for their basket weaving craftsmanship. The condition of this basket tray is good with no obvious signs of damage and shows good overall condition. The measurements of this basket tray are 2 1/4" x 16 1/2" x 16 1/2". Provenance: From the renowned Sundog Fine Art Collection in Bozeman, Montana and collected by Bruce VanLandingham. Mr. VanLandingham was a pillar in the American Indian collecting community and a respected expert. Along with being an avid collector, Bruce was the sole owner of Sundog Fine Art Gallery in Bozeman, which was both part museum and gallery.*