1928-34 large Native Amer. Yupik (Quinhagak?) Basket

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 30, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

Early Large Yupik Grass Basket w/ Great Provenance

Superb early Yupik, Quinhagak (?) basket collected by Leigh Edward Robinson. See the Burke Museum database @ /burkemuseum/baskets/artists/studylab.html and click on the word use and go to cooking for identification. You will find this weave on the 5th page. They have a grass table mat of this type of weave. Robinson was an educator in Nome between 1928 and 1934. He moved to Klawock in 1934 and Hoonah in 1941 to 1942. It is most likely that this piece was collected during his stay in Nome. The piece was purchased through Cowan's Auction for the family. The Auction catalogue reads:

This lot was collected by pioneer Alaskan educators Leigh Edward Robinson (1882-1960) and Christine Robinson (1883-1965) and have been lovingly curated by his grandchildren. His personal papers and photographs remain in the possession of the family. Cowan's is pleased to have been entrusted with the sale of these artifacts, collected between 1928-1941. Most of the Eskimo items offered were likely collected during their stay in Nome (1928-1934); the Tlingit lots were collected during their stay in Hoonah (1941-42).

Robinson was born in Cedar Falls, Iowa the son of a contractor, and graduated in 1904 from the Iowa State Teachers College with a Master's of Didactics. Teaching first in Iowa, and later in Montana and Washington St
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