This is a major work by an emerging young Maine Indian basketry artist, Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot. Sarah has won ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Invitational show for her work. The extremely fine and precise curl work, the elegant proportions as well as the aesthetically pleasing unusual colors contrasted against the natural white of the ash make this piece one of Sarah's finest works. The curls are amazingly fine and tight near the basket opening - they become even smaller at the narrower basket bottom!
Sarah describes this basket as being the color of the dawn, with a few blue/gray clouds. She says she was inspired first by Panetone's colors of the year (2016) - "Rose quartz and Serenity". When she saw these colors together she was reminded of the dawn as the sun rises over Wabanaki lands - they are the first people in the USA to see the light of a new day. She thought of the rose/lilac pink of dawn and the blue/gray of some wispy clouds drifting against the "rose quartz" sky. The slice of deer antler, from the "button" the very bottom end of the antler, reminded her also of clouds. And so this basket was conceived.
The colors are similar to, tho not quite, a basket by Sarah that the Portland Museum of Art purchased from her for their permanent collection.
5.5" diameter at the top of the lid, 3.75" diameter at bottom. This is 4" high to top of the lid and the slice of deer antler finial is 1.5" high (Making overall height 5.5") the antler is roughly 1.75" in diameter.
WABANAKI: Confederation of 5 NE Native American tribes living in Maine, Eastern Canada and Vermont - the Abenaki, Maliseet, MicMac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot.