Navajo Baskets
Type of Navajo basketry: coiled ceremonial cornmeal basket. In modern times, these 'wedding' baskets are almost always made by the neighboring Southern Ute people and traded to the Navajo. Usual materials for Navajo baskets include sumac, yucca and mountain mahogany.

The ancestral homeland of the Navajo people is northern Arizona and New Mexico.

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Wedding Basket

#6415
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Older basket in very good condition.  Some fading of colors due to sun exposure.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 9".

Wedding Basket

#7356
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Older basket.  Red dye appears to have been retouched.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 11 1/2".

Wedding Basket

#7357
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Nice older basket.  Excellent condition with minor missing rim stitches (1/2").
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 13".

Wedding Basket

#7358
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Deeper than most wedding baskets at 3".  Some age; excellent condition.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 11 1/4".

Wedding Basket

#7354
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Another nice polychrome basket.  Newer in excellent condition.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 14 1/4".

Wedding Basket

#7281
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Beautiful old basket in very good condition.  Minor stitching loss on reverse.  Muted remnants of original colors.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 11 3/4".

Wedding Basket

#6416
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Newer basket in excellent condition.  Very fine coiling.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 12".

Wedding Basket

#7355
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Larger basket in very good condition.  Minor loss of stitches (less than 1/2") on one coil.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 13 1/2".

Wedding Basket

#6419
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Some age.  Excellent condition except for an approximately 2" area of discoloration (may be natural).  Bit of cornmeal residue in coils.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 13 1/2".

Wedding Basket

#6420
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Some evidence of ceremonial use - cornmeal residue in coils.  Nice age; excellent condition.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 13 3/4".

Wedding Basket

#7650
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Vintage basket in very good condition.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 12".

Wedding Basket

#7353
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Cornmeal residue evident in coils.  Excellent condition.
 
Bunch-rod coiled of squawberry sumac.
 
Diameter: 13".