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 (?)
6 7/8 × 13 5/16 × 13 1/4 in. (17.5 × 33.8 × 33.7 cm) (show scale)
Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
Coiled, cooking basket (bush-ka) with a plume or top-knot motif. 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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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 7/8 × 13 5/16 × 13 1/4 in. (17.5 × 33.8 × 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8679. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.08.491.8679.jpg)
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