Philomene Nelson barrel basket, Indian Island, ca. 1945

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Although historic baskets aren’t signed, retroactive artist attribution can sometimes be from the form, and because most artists have a "signature style" that defines their work.

The familial basket block, artistic style, and photographic evidence, help attribute this barrel basket to Maliseet artist Philomene Saulis Nelson. Nelson was originally from Tobique, Canada, and moved to Indian Island after marrying Horace Nelson of the Penobscot Nation.

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  • Title: Philomene Nelson barrel basket, Indian Island, ca. 1945
  • Creator: Nelson, Philomene Saulis
  • Creation Date: circa 1945
  • Subject Date: circa 1945
  • Local Name: Indian Island
  • Town: Old Town, Tobique
  • County: Penobscot
  • State: ME
  • Media: Ash, cord, dyes
  • Dimensions: 31.1 cm x 27.9 cm
  • Local Code: 1997.36.1
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x230

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