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This special and unusual basket uses a basic design template seen in historic baskets made by a number of different Northern California groups, that of the diagonal stepped design element. In this basket, there are 3 of those diagonal stepped elements, however quite unusual is that each of the 3 elements has a different center treatment which you can see in the different views of the basket.
This is a Pomo 3 rod basket with sedge root field and bulrush design materials and these baskets were made by the groups living in the Clearlake and adjacent areas of Northern California. The rim is ornamented with a full circle of quail top knots and hand-drilled clam shell beads. Quite unusual is the small concentric circle of a single band of orange/red feathers on the base around the starting button.
This was woven by a truly exceptional weaver, executed with unbelievable consistency and accuracy which results in very consistent and straight lines as the various elements converge, even as the diameter of the basket changes from smaller to larger and then back to smaller again.
As often happens with these old baskets, the string holding the shells deteriorated and most of the feathers were lost over the years. The old shells have been restrung and the feathers replaced in their original locations as indicated by the original feather remnants. There has been no augmentation of the adornment beyond the original. The basket now appears as intended and as originally woven by the weaver so long ago.