Native American Splint Basket

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Square splint and reed basket, splint ribs and reed closed weavers, rattan strip in middle. Lid on box with decorative braided reed handle latched to two-tone rattan and reed weavers over splint ribs. Box and lid edges are rattan and reed, bound by lacings. Small rattan-bound loop in front. Bottom is open checkerboard pattern.  Mashantucket Pequot Museum conservator attributes this piece to northern New England Native Americans.