Hopi Third Mesa Wicker Plaque with Flying Eagles

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Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Trays and Plaques
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: willow, scrub sumac, rabbit brush, yucca
  • Size: 14” diameter
  • Item # C4559L
  • Price: $850

This large Hopi wicker tray was made with soft colors which have faded only slightly, resulting in even more softness than originally.  The design, I believe, is referred to as “flying eagles.” The rim is wrapped in black dyed strips of yucca leaf.  The four villages on Third Mesa where wicker baskets and trays are made are Hotevilla, Bacavi, Oraibi, and Kykotsmovi.  Many Hopi women at these villages make baskets and plaques, so the industry is in very good condition.

Weaving the wicker plaques is a time-consuming process and is not an easy process.  Warps are laid over each other in a manner that they radiate outward like the spokes of a wagon wheel,  The weft then is woven in and out of warps, eventually spiraling outward to the rim.  If you have a few minutes, look at the video that we have posted with this item as it is a good lesson in the process of making such a plaque.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Hopi Third Mesa Wicker Plaque with Flying Eagles is from the collection of a gentleman from Colorado

Recommended Reading: Hopi Basket Weaving: Artistry in Natural Fibers by Helga Teiwes

Relative Links: Southwest Indian BasketryHopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu

Alternate side edge view of this basket.


Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Trays and Plaques
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: willow, scrub sumac, rabbit brush, yucca
  • Size: 14” diameter
  • Item # C4559L
  • Price: $850

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