Cooking Basket

Cooking Basket

Mush boiler. Coiled, 1 rod. Warp - willow; weft - split peeled willow. Design element - redbud and bulrush (black). The design pattern is 2 zigzag patterns. One is near rim and one is near middle of basket. This basket is flat bottomed w/ flared sides. The rim finish is a diagonal whip stitch. There is a nail hole 1 3/4" down from rim. Mush particles are still in bowl.
  • Object: Cooking Basket
  • Artist: Unknown
  • Circa: Early 1900's
  • Dimensions: 11 3/4"x7"
  • Culture Area: California
  • Cultural Group: Miwok (?)
  • Cultural Context: This type of basket was used to cook acorn mush. Heated stones were placed in the mush and stirred around to cook it.
  • Donor: Mendocino Co. Museum
  • Catalog #: 96.177