Puberty Basket

Puberty Basket

1890

Coiled, quail and woodpecker feathers, shell, abalone

Overall: 21.5 x 45.5 cm (8 7/16 x 17 15/16 in.)

Presented by William Albert Price in memory of Mrs. William Albert Price 1917.501

Description

This finely woven basin is based on a traditional form that young Pomo women used to wash themselves after ceremonial seclusion following their first menses. The example on display, however, was made for the outside market.

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