Lot 526

Native American Parfleche Contemporary Basket

Estimate: $200 - $400

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For your bidding pleasure is a Contemporary Native American Parfleche basket. With leather strip sewing and wrapping, a birch branch handle with a black horse hair and leather strips tail. One large side panel has an original painting by artist L. Moscho. The parfleche, or painted rawhide saddlebag, was developed in Native American Plains cultures. In these Plains cultures, dominated by the horse and increasingly nomadic, the parfleche became a vital communication tool, their origin is not definitively known, although they certainly seem to have a relationship with hide painting and designs from Woodland people before they migrated, mounted, toward the Great Plains. The earliest mention of parfleches by a Euro-American dates from 1819, and they have been much admired since. The tough rawhide was waterproof, light and strong enough to be used as a shield if necessary. An original and wonderful piece that will enhance a Western-styled home decor. Good condition, no marring noted, measures 34"L x 14.5"W x 12.5"D