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1900 Pima Indian Picnic Basket

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This is a 1900 picnic basket made by the Pima Indians. I have an appraisal for it dated 1989 written by a Santa Fe appraiser. The appraisal says the motif is known as the "rolling log" motif. The Pima Indians used the motif hundreds of years before Adolf started using it.

    The top is dusty, I would love to clean it but this item is too fragile. After almost 120 years of use, it is about to crumble.

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    1. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 7 years ago
      that's really interesting big Tex thanks for the info
    2. artislove artislove, 7 years ago
      log running is cool!!
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 7 years ago
      Yes - maybe just dust it or damp cloth and keep it in a cool area of your house. Rolling log is a beautiful Indian motif.
    4. CanyonRoad, 7 years ago
      Great basket, only problem is, it isn't Pima. This is a coiled cedar basket, with imbricated design, from the Thompson River area of British Columbia. (Pima do not use cedar in their baskets, and imbrication is used only by some NW Coast and Plateau tribes...and along the Nile in Africa.)

      You can't identify an item by the motif used. This pattern has been used all over the world (Turkey, India, Iran, Nepal, China, Japan, Korea and Europe, America), from ancient to modern times.

      Either the appraiser was wrong (not uncommon) or the appraisal was for a different basket.
    5. BigTex BigTex, 6 years ago
      Thanks for the info, CR. Love getting your input. I always learn something.
    6. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      How interesting BigTex.
      I'd heard this motif (i didn't know it was called 'rolling log') was used before Adolf adopted it. How nice to have an example of it in use before WW2

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