19th c. Schaghticoke Native American Woven Ash Splint Basket
19th c. woven ash splint basket attributed to Henry Harris, a well-known basketmaker, gunsmith, and tinsmith from the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation. Born c. 1817 in Kent, CT, Harris married Abigail Mauwee and resided on the Schaghticoke reservation in Kent, CT. Together they wove baskets.
Very finely woven open basket, round to square form, in ash splint, with two carved rim handles.
PHOTO: Henry Harris, weaving an ash-splint basket. (source: http://schaghticoke.com/gallery/)
PROVENANCE: acquired in 1987 from Ann McMullen, Hartford, CT, editor of A Key into the Language of Woodsplint Baskets for the American Indian Archeological Institute. Author of Native Basketry, Basketry Styles, and Changing Group Identity in Southern New England to Algonkians of New England: Past and Present. Boston, MA: Boston University Press, 1993
10.5" dia. x 5" h.
Very Good. Mild wear to one weave.