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Coiled Cooking Basket (Bush-ka) with "Valley-Quail Topknot" (Shu-shu) and "Grape Leaves" (Ba-hu) Patterns

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Sedge root, briar root, willow shoot (?)
DATES 1860-1909
DIMENSIONS 6 3/4 x 13 1/4 in. (17.1 x 33.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 08.491.8679
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Amanda Wilson (Maidu, Native American, 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: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8679_08.491.8683.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 08.491.8679 basket is on the left. This basket has the plume or top-know motif on a cooking basket (bush-ka). These types of baskets with one or two patterns are found in the Maidu community of Mikchopdo at 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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Amanda Wilson (Maidu, Native American, ca. 1860-1946). <em>Coiled Cooking Basket (Bush-ka) with "Valley-Quail Topknot" (Shu-shu) and "Grape Leaves" (Ba-hu) Patterns</em>, 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: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8679_08.491.8683.jpg)