Egg Basket, Wabanaki, ca. 1900

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Egg Basket, Wabanaki, ca. 1900

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at George Stevens Academy.


Also known as a melon basket, for its shape, this basket is both decorative and functional.

While the Wabanaki Tribes originally made specialized baskets to gather and prepare food and trap fish during the nineteenth century, when the Wabenaki were making goods to sell their baskets and other goods gained a decorative element. Decoration usually came in the form of fancy weaving patterns, colored splints or unconventional shapes that made the baskets and things nice to look at as well as useful.

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About This Item

  • Title: Egg Basket, Wabanaki, ca. 1900
  • Creator: Wabanaki
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Media: Ash splints, sweetgrass, dye
  • Dimensions: 20 cm x 28 cm x 20 cm
  • Local Code: 2002-16-090
  • Collection: Peter Smith Terry Collection, Gift of Unity College
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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