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Unripe Blackberry - miniature basket


Unripe blackberry basket - like ripening fruit, this piece has areas of deep purple, lighter purple and light green, shading even lighter! This piece by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy basketmaker is similar to a larger piece that won a second place in basketry at The Heard Museum Guild's Indian Market in March, 2017. See photo of the piece and his ribbons.

This smaller unripe blackberry basket is 2.5" high, 2.25" widest diameter with a 1.75" opening diameter and a .75" bottom diameter. It is covered in curlicue curls, both the lid and the basket. It has six unique cut green "hull leaves " on the lid and a very long braided sweetgrass "stem"... this stem is 9" long and ends in an opening 1.5" long at the top made by folding a braid over (at the top), leaving 1.5" then weaving those 2 braids together until attaching the thicker braid to the lid's top.

Geo uses varying dye baths to achieve his unique "unripe" baskets. The effect is marvelous!

This basket is signed and dated on the outer side of the top rim of the basket.

Last photo shows Geo's Heard Museum prize winning basket & ribbons (2 for other works)

Smaller Unripe Blackberry Basket
Smaller Unripe Blackberry Basket w/stem
Smaller Unripe Blackberry Basket - close up
Smaller Unripe Blackberry Basket - signature
Heard Museum photo: Geo Neptune's large unripe blackberry basket
Weight: 12 oz