Gift Bowl

Gift Bowl

c. 1905

Sedge with mallard, meadowlark, and quail feathers, and shells; coiled (3 rods)

Overall: 3.5 x 17.5 cm (1 3/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

Gift of Mrs. J. E. Bauerschmidt 1959.384


Although this basket probably was not made for native use, the feathered basket is based on an older type that was exchanged among natives as a treasured gift on such occasions as ceremonies that marked the stages of life. The feathers and shell beads are symbols of prestige and wealth.

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