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Pomo Basket [Object of the Day #19]

By: Amy Ellsworth

Pomo Basket
Pomo Basket

The Pomo people lived along the parts of central and northern California for thousands of years before European settlers came in 1850. The name Pomo simply means “people.”

Both Pomo men and women weave baskets, but their styles and the function of the basketry may vary. At the turn of the 20th century, Pomo women scaled down the size of their baskets to mee the demands of the tourist trade. This example was made in the late 19th century.

Penn Museum Object # NA7871.

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