Old Papago/Tohono O’odham basket & lid, butterflies! Maybe bats…

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Old Papago lidded basket with bats or butterflies

A lovely old Native American basket made by a Tohono O’odham (Papago) weaver.  This basket with matching lid features  four bats or butterflies around the body.  The patina is great with just enough dust on the surface to substantiate the decades of patina.  The Tohono O’odham people have made wonderful baskets for use and later for sale.  The base fibers are yucca and the dark material is devil’s claw, both native to the southern Arizona area.

With lid on, the basket is 9″ tall x 7 1/2.”  The basket is in excellent old condition, the handle is still attached to the lid and is sturdy, just the aforementioned dust and surface soil.

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