Description

    Yokuts Cooking Basket
    Circa 1910
    Height 10 1/4 in. Diameter 22 in.

    This large coiled cooking bowl is decorated with two design bands using the rattlesnake motif. The design elements consist of hourglass forms in black (bracken fern root) and diamonds in red (redbud shoots). The rattlesnake design was highly popular with Yokuts artists and it is a common motif. The Yokuts used large, finely coiled baskets for making acorn soup, a dietary staple. The cooking was done using the stone boiling method in which two or three fire heated stones are set in a basket containing leached acorn dough in water. The red-hot stones are moved around so that the basket is not seriously scorched or burned.

    Provenance
    Hudson Trading Co., Oracle, Arizona.

    Reference
    Bibby, Brian, The Fine Art of California Indian Basketry, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, 1996, p. 55.



    Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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