Penobscot band basket, ca. 1860

Contributed by Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine


This form of basket is referred to as a "band" basket from the brightly colored splints used in the piece.

Cadmium yellow, iron oxide red, Prussian blue and indigo were swabbed onto the exterior surface of the splints only. Such commercially produced pigments were costly and used sparingly.

Band baskets were destined for home use to store hats, clothes or linen, or for use in travel as "suitcases."

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About This Item

  • Title: Penobscot band basket, ca. 1860
  • Creation Date: circa 1860
  • Subject Date: circa 1860
  • Location: Orono, Penobscot County, ME
  • Media: Ash, sweetgrass, dyes
  • Dimensions: 29 cm x 38 cm
  • Local Code: HM6566
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Hudson Museum, Univ. of Maine
5746 Maine Center for the Arts, Orono, ME 04469
(207) 581-1902

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