Coiled Cooking Basket (Bush-ka) with "Valley-Quail Topknot" (Shu-shu) and "Grape Leaves" (Ba-hu) Patterns
Arts of the Americas
Sedge root, briar root, willow shoot (?)
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Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
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Amanda Wilson (Maidu, ca. 1860-1946). Coiled Cooking Basket (Bush-ka) with "Valley-Quail Topknot" (Shu-shu) and "Grape Leaves" (Ba-hu) Patterns, 1860-1909. Sedge root, briar root, willow shoot (?), 6 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (17.1 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8679. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 08.491.8679_08.491.8683.jpg)
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08.491.8679 basket is on the left. This basket has the plume or top-knot motif on a cooking basket (bush-ka). These types of baskets with one or two patterns are found in the Maidu community of Mikchopdo in Chico, CA. The design is valley quail and grape leaves (the diamonds).The quail pattern is weaver Wilson's best known basket design and can appear in different patterns: some called mountain quail and some, such as seen here, the more common valley quail, where the plume is curved and thick.
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