Old Navajo or Paiute pitched tus

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Old pitched water basket, Navajo or Paiute


An old tus (pronounced “toosh”), a native american basket made to hold water.  Baskets like this were woven by several groups including the Navajo, Paiute, Havasupai and Apache.  Once the basket was made, it was coated, inside and out, with pine pitch, which made the basket hold water.  The weave of this basket is tight, with fine twining around the lip.  It does not currently have handles but, it is small enough to be comfortably carried.

It measures 7″ x 5 3/4″ and is in very good antique condition.

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