Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery

Native American Art - - NATIVE BASKETRY -

Pic­tured is a dra­matic Apache Olla from circa 1900 to 1920s, mon­u­men­tal in size. The piece is no­table, not only for its im­mense artis­tic girth, but for the com­plex­ity of its fig­ures cir­cum­vent­ing the bas­ket. It is made from a wil­low back­ground and foun­da­tion, dec­o­rated with an­thro­po­mor­phic fig­ures, con­structed from devil’s claw. At one time, this piece would have safely stored months of pre­cious grain. The acute shaped shoul­der pro­vides a pri­son for any un­for­tu­nate mouse or in­sect that ven­tured in too deep; they could check in but never check out, pro­vid­ing extra pro­tein for the hun­gry. The bas­ket was pur­chased from a Colorado col­lec­tion.

6872 E. Sun­rise Drive, Suite 130 » Tuc­son, AZ 85750 (520) 722-7798 » www.medicin­e­man­gallery.com

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