Diminutive collection of 8 Makah/Nootka polychrome lidded trinket baskets. Two oval, six round. Figurative having whales, whaling boats, seagulls and reptiles. Smallest exceptionally tight. In the 1860s the Makah people at Neah Bay developed a cottage industry producing trinket baskets. These were very labor intensive, fully twined baskets of twisted cedar bark. Through the 1930s they wove thousands of the small colorful trinket baskets for sale.
PERIOD: Late 19th Century
ORIGIN: Northwest - Makah, Native American
SIZE: Smallest 1 1/2"; Largest 2 1/2" x 2"