Be joyful even though you have considered all the facts...practice resurrection. -Wendell Berry

Thursday, April 7, 2016

carried and held and contained






-Ash basket, 1840. Shaker. At the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

-Birchbark basket, filled with fresh flowers. At the National Cathedral.

-From "Allies in War, Partners in Peace," a statue by Edward E. Hlavka. Basket held by Polly Cooper, an Oneida woman who came to the aid of Washington's starving troops at Valley Forge in 1777-78. At the National Museum of the American Indian.

-Maniwaki birchbark box, Quebec, Canada, ca. 1920. At the National Museum of the American Indian.

Such handcrafted beauty in these vessels. 
xo.

6 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing these amazing baskets recently spied in our capital. Truth be told, I could spend days visiting the museums there...

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  2. What a beautiful collection of baskets... all so very different.

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  3. Beautifully crafted works of art - a pleasure to look at and useful too :-)

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  4. How could you not be drawn to them
    such soul from the artist's hands

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  5. Oh, yes, what handcrafted beauty, indeed! So lovely to catch up with what you've been doing, Karen.

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  6. The birchbark basket filled with flowers and the little eggs looks like a (Dutch) 'wooden shoe'.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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