SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA RIB-TYPE WOVEN SPLINT MINIATURE BASKET, white oak, finely woven kidney form with double rim and low arched handle. Original dry natural surface. Probably Augusta or Rockingham Co. Second quarter 20th century. 2 1/4" HOA, 1 3/4" H rim, 2 1/4" D rim.
Coming from Gambibgo village, in the Bolgatanga region of Ghana, these baskets are often used to store things in the home. This Gambibgo basket is unusual in that is has a swivel handle that folds down flat. Also, the appealing bulbous shape is more difficult to weave than a normal round basket. Weavers in the region use the abundant Veta vera grass to weave these incredibly hardy, useful baskets
CHEROKEE RIB-TYPE WOVEN SPLINT DOUBLE-LIDDED BASKET, white oak, finely woven melon form with a wrapped rim and opposing demilune-form lids hinged through the arched handle, the whole raised on an applied circular foot. Original dry natural surface with good dyed colors. $1.00 penciled on side of handle. Probably Western North Carolina. First half 20th century. 11 1/2" HOA, 6" H rim, 9" D rim.