Quilled Wolf on Birch Bark & Coiled Sweetgrass Basket
Paul St. John
3.25" x 5" oval; 2.25"h
Living Room, Library, Office
Mohawk & Passamaquoddy
This majestic wolf face of this stunning basket has great depth to it. The dyed dark, natural white and natural tan quills give the face an almost three-dimensional quality. The red-dyed tongue and yellow eyes are quite realistic, especially when depicted with porcupine quills on a birch bark medallion, which measures 4" long by 3" wide
The contemporary oval basket has birch bark at the center of its lid and on its bottom. Coiled tidal sweetgrass has then been used to fashion the sides of the basket and the rim of lid. There is a lovely braided border of tidal sweetgrass around the lid's birch bark medallion. All in all, the basket is in marvelous condition.
This wolf basket would make for an ideal gift for anyone who collects baskets or Native American artifacts. If that’s you, don’t let this gorgeous example of Mohawk and Passamaquoddy craftsmanship pass you by, as this piece is bound to be an important collector’s item.
Artisan and basket-maker Paul St. John has a real connection with the creatures he depicts in his work. Paul currently lives in Maine, and his mother is Passamaquoddy. He grew up on the Mohawk lands in New York, his father's homeland. While quill work and coiled sweetgrass baskets are historically Maine Indian traditional crafts, currently no one but Paul St. John is actively practicing this craft. Quill work on coiled sweetgrass baskets is Paul St John's specialty.