230601-099 Southern California, Cahuilla, Mission Snake Basket; SOLD
ca 1910; 4.25" H x 7.5" D; woven of natural and mud dyed juncus. Finely woven with larger Diamond Back Rattlesnake coiling from basket base to rim with a human figure. Notes: there are several stories with snakes that are told in ceremonies throughout Native California; one of which is to reveal to the snake that the People are Good and therefor should not be bitten. This may be a basket used for or in remembrance of such a ceremony.