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This type of basket with its glowing mosaic of brilliant feathers is called a Jewel basket. Pomo basket makers painstakingly collected numerous fine feathers to create these extraordinary baskets. This basket has red crest feathers from a woodpecker, dark iridescent feathers from a hummingbird and a blackbird, green feathers from a mallard, white feathers from a water bird and black crest feathers from a California quail. These baskets were often given as gifts to friends or were presented to honored persons.
diameter 11.5 in ; height 2 in