Yurok Painted Clam Basket

Yurok twined and painted with black lines clam basket.

Circa 1900-20 or earlier

Diameter –  14″          Height – 11″

Extremely rare ethnographic basket with a handwoven tumpline. Collected by John Dewar.

He was the Curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the Southwest Museum. He was born in Pasadena, CA and lived in the Los Angeles area until he retired and moved to Patagonia, Arizona and passed away in 2004. John Dewar traveled to northern California around 1935 and collected ethnographic items from the Native Americans there – primarily the Yurok. Most of his ethnographic collection was given to the Southwest Museum in 1941. I purchased this and numerous other items from his estate here in S. Arizona.