This handwoven, ribbed basket is most commonly known as a buttocks basket, however, it was also called the melon basket, fanny basket, peanut basket, gizzard basket, bow basket, and egg basket in certain regions. They date back to the 19th century and early 20th century and were most commonly used to gather eggs because of its unique shaped bottom; it did not allow the eggs to roll. Because of its unique shape, there are very few basket weavers today skilled enough to create it.
These baskets originated in Europe and became very common in Great Britain. As settlers from the British Isles moved into North America this basket design followed with them finding its way into the Eastern colonies. These settlers then found their way into the mid-Atlantic, through Pennsylvania, down the Appalachians, across the Cumberland Gap, across Kentucky, and Tennessee, into the Ozarks, and beyond to Oklahoma and so did this ribbed basket. At the same time, settlers carried this style north into Maine and Canada. It came to be that Native Americans also wove this particular style, as they were influenced by the baskets entering their territories.
I absolutely loved painting this subject as I had to build it as if I was actually weaving it. Starting with the ribbed under structure and the handle and slowly weaving in all of the reeds. It has layer upon layer of paint to get the colors and details just right. The scale of the basket is very close to the actual size.
Original painting, price available upon request