This basket with the slice of deer antler as it's handle, it is of magenta and natural ash colors. It is by Sarah Sockbeson, Penobscot basketmaker and has has both porcupine curls and round curlicue curls. The antler handle balances it perfectly. Sarah says this is her "medium wide" stlye.
This is 5.5" diameter top and bottom. It is 2.75" to the top of the basket and the antler handle adds 1.25" making the overall height 4".
Woven of brown ash splints, traditional basketry material of the Wabanaki peoples (5 tribe confederacy; Abenaki, Maliseet,MicMac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot). The rims of the basket and the lid are bound with tidal sweetgrass. There is a bit of sweetgrass used as weavers at the center of the lid (around the antler handle) and to delineate the very center of the lid'smagenta portion from the natural ash weavers that are next before the alternating natural and magenta weavers that continue for the rest of the lid. There are 2 rows of natural porcupine curls and a row of magenta curlicue curls at the outer edge of the lid.
Sarah has used alternating magenta and natural light color ash splints for her foundation splints on the basket bottom weaving a porcupine curl of natural ash atop the foundation splint of the natural color and a curlicue curl of magenta dyed ash atop the magenta dyed foundation splint.
Basket is signed and dated on outer edge of inside of lid. Comes with the cards and a bit of loose sweetgrass that Sarah included; these are shown in two of the photos.
Sarah has won ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Invitational show for her work. Her work was featured in the Portland Museum of Art's 2016 Bicentennial exhibit along with 3 other young Maine Indian basketmakers. Awards such as these elevate her work from finely crafted baskets to works of art.