Vintage handwoven Apache basket by an unknown artist. The Apache consists of six main groups: the Chiricahua, Jicarillo, Lipan, Mescalero, Western Apache, and Kiowa Apache (Plains Apache). They are located in Arizona, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. At the turn of the century, the baskets served as a vital instrument used for religious ceremonies, carrying, preparing and serving food, washing, collecting, storing, trading, and gifting. The early Apache baskets were twined and woven with willow, sumac, or squawberry. Some weavers maintained the tradition of coiling around a foundation of three to five willow rods. Their coiling materials included cottonwood, sumac, devil's claw, and red yucca root. This particular Apache basket is adorned with human figures, animal figures, whirling logs, and arrow motifs woven of willow and devil's claw.
Condition: Excellent with aged patina.