Papago Life Form Male and Female Basketry Figurines [SOLD]

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Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Bowls and Other Forms
  • Origin: Tohono O´odham - Papago People
  • Medium: yucca, devil’s claw
  • Size:
    Male 22-¼” tall;
    Female 19-½” tall
  • Item # 26190
  • SOLD

Life-form basketry was made as early as the 1940s but did not blossom into production until the 1970s.  Papago People - Tohono O´odham women made various forms of cactus, animals, birds, and eventually, humans. This male and female pair is likely from the 1970s era.

The male was made from sun-bleached yucca, yellowed yucca and devil’s claw.  The female was made from sun-bleached yucca and devil’s claw. Their hair and dress ornaments were fashioned from devil’s claw.

The male stands securely with a slight tilt forward.  The female leans too much forward and must be leaned against the wall or have a wedge placed under her feet.  The female carries a basket in her left hand and a purse in her right hand.


Condition: this Papago Life Form Male and Female Basketry Figurines is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection and estate of Katherine Rust of Albuquerque.

Recommended Reading: Indian Baskets of the Southwest by Clara Lee Tanner

Relative Links: basketsTohono O'odhamAkimel O'odham

Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Bowls and Other Forms
  • Origin: Tohono O´odham - Papago People
  • Medium: yucca, devil’s claw
  • Size:
    Male 22-¼” tall;
    Female 19-½” tall
  • Item # 26190
  • SOLD

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