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  • Coiled lidded basket with antler knop
  • Natural and dyed grass, antler & baleen
  • Mid 20th century
  • 10 diameter x 9 inches tall
  • Condition: excellent

The Story:

Basket-making in the Arctic region is a traditional practice that has been around for centuries. Baskets are made from the dried grass that grows in the Arctic tundra, which is very durable and water-resistant.

The black woven details are made of baleen, a material obtained by Inupiaq and St. Lawrence Islanders from harvested whales, particularly the bowhead. Baleen basket production is generally limited to Barrow, Point Hope, Kivalina, and Kotzebue. The baskets are extremely difficult to weave and very collectable. The baleen is stripped, soaked in water and then woven.

Shipping Information:  Packaging and shipping within Canada is $75. Signature required on delivery. At checkout, you will have the option to insure your purchase for shipping from the drop down menu. International shipping available. If located in the Greater Toronto Area, no charge for shipping and packaging if picked up from Wall Fiction's office; call before purchasing.

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