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Miniature Melon Shaped Painted Basket
Northeast America, 19th century. Woodsplint with original white paint. Although having received much use, as evidenced by the worn white paint, the condition is superb. Tightly woven, with beautiful wrapping where the handle is joined to the sides, known as "God's Eyes". Just 5 inches wide at the rim, 6 at the widest of the base, and 5 to the top of the handle. See Schorsch "American Baskets, A Folk Art Tradition", figure 21 for a similar example.
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