Panamint Pictorial Basket by Mary Wrinkle
    Circa 1935
    Height 4 1/2 in. Diameter 7 3/4 in.

    This tightly coiled polychrome bowl is decorated with a series of four birds (likely a Scott's oriole), each perched on a flowering branch, alternating with stepped diamond motifs and eight point stars. "It was not by accident that the colorful bird baskets created by Mary Wrinkle originated in Darwin (California). Unlike other Panamint Shoshone settlements in the desert valleys, the sandy hills around Darwin (elev. 4,730 ft.) provided the altitude for yucca to grow. These trees provided the basket maker not only the red sewing material obtained from the root, but additionally the yucca offered nesting places and perches for the woodpecker with pink quill, the black and yellow Scott oriole, and owl among others, the very subject matter for Mary Wrinkle's delightful bird-baskets of the 1930's. Always in the form of a small rounded bowl, Mary Wrinkle's colorful 'for sale' baskets became very popular with collectors. Other basket makers, even as far away as Death Valley and beyond into Chemehuevi territory adopted the use of pink quill as sewing material and for the creation of similar bird designs. Mary Wrinkle's charming illustrations of nature, however, had few equals."

    Hudson Trading Co., Oracle, Arizona.

    Slater, Eva, Panamint Shoshone Basketry, Sagebrush Press, Morongo Valley, California, 2000, pp. 43-48.

    Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000.

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