Basket bowl

Lucy Telles Miwok and Southern Miwok

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 723

Baskets are among the oldest forms of Native art, and one that found particular favor among Euro-American collectors from the 19th century on. Basketmakers, mostly women, used plants common to their regions, dyeing some and leaving others in their natural colorations. Lucy Telles’s artistic vision and technical skill are revealed in the precisely controlled stitch count and design of her rounded, flat-shouldered basket bowl—a popular type of California basket design.

Basket bowl, Lucy Telles (Miwok and Southern Miwok, 1885–1955), Sedge root, redbud shoots and dyed bracken root, Miwok and Southern Miwok, Native American

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