Apache Water Bottle Basket
This twined basketry Water Bottle resembles those the Native Americans of the Great Plains made out of necessity. They demonstrated great skill in weaving tight cylindrical baskets to carry and store water. Sometimes they lined the inside of the basket with pitch to ensure that they would be water tight.
We acquired this Apache Water Bottle in a collection. It looks like the Basket maker covered it with red ochre. You will see a place where there once may have been a handle on the side. A previous owner added a Round Leather Lace cord to the top that you can use to carry it or display it. This Water Bottle will not stand upright on its own. We do not know its age, but we do not think that it is very old.
This Water Bottle does not have a pitch lining and it will not hold water. But you can add it to your collection and admire the workmanship. Structurally it remains intact, except for where the handle came off. It measures 9.5″ tall. The widest middle section measures 16.5″ in circumference. The top opening measures about 1.5″ in diameter.
One of a Kind!
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