Vintage museum quality artisan basket titled "Corn Circle" by renowned basket weaver Joan Brink (born April 11, 1945-), crafted July 22, 2002. Measures 7.5" h x 13 inches in diameter. Dyed and bleached cane with ebonized tropical walnut rim, rim base and lid, with turquoise heishi beads. The following is a quote from Joan Brink: "Each basket I design and create is the result of a particular meditation. This basket marks the first in a series of smaller, highly decorative pieces with lids. I am calling them "Treasure Baskets". The basket design centers around the symbols of corn and crows: corn being the symbol of abundance in the Southwest and crows siginfiying magic. I have used my checkerboard symbol for water as decorative panels to set off the four plain panels of negative space in which I've placed the pairs of corn. Over each corn pair is centered a crow in a upper band of white. The four corn pairs and the four crows mark the four cardinal directions and suggest the dynamics of a medicine wheel. 7/22/2002 Joan Brink"
Vintage museum quality artisan basket titled "Corn Devas" by renowned basket weaver Joan Brink (born April 11, 1945-), crafted May 28, 2001. Measures 6" h x 12 inches in diameter. Dyed and bleached cane with purple-heart rim and base, with turquoise heishi beads. The following is a quote from Joan Brink: "Each basket I design and create is the result of a particular meditation. The abstract imagery of this small octave basket is designed to frame the figures of eight corn devas. A deva is consciousness connected to the earth which holds the pattern of harmony for a specific thing. In this case, the deva holds the pattern for the corn plant. To many indigenous people in the Southwest corn is a symbol for abundance. The relationship between mankind and the devic intelligences is a co-created one. While they hold the pattern integrity, we can manifest the plant. This basket is meant to celebrate that relationship and to symbolize the abundance accorded to those who honor this relationship. For more information on devic intelligence, see publications on Findhorn Garden in Scotland." Joan Brink, 28 May, 2001"
Vintage museum quality artisan basket by renowned basket weaver Joan Brink (born April 11, 1945-), crafted August 1, 2000. Measures 14" h x 17.25 inches in diameter. Dyed and bleached cane with purple-heart rim and base. The following is a quote from Joan Brink: "Each basket I design and create is the result of a particular meditation. This basket was designed following a conversation about wind Kachinas or Spirits. The subject was inspirational as a basket story, and since we were in a serious drought in New Mexico, the "Rain Spirits" were worth invoking in design, thus Rain Dance. In the basket, the vertical figures in black represent the dancers' spirits. Drops of rain fall from the white triangular clouds and above, lighting arrows complete the design." Joan Brink, 1 August 2000"
Authentic 17th century baroque Spanish bronze mortar and pestle, original to each other. Mortar measures 3.25 inches high by 4.75 inches wide at the top; pestle measures 9 inches long.
Antique early 19th century English brass wall pocket, sometimes called a tidy box because it was a handy catchall. Handmade from heavy, thick solid brass circa 1850. It measures 9 inches wide, 2 inches deep, and 8 inches high at back. See "The Brass Book" by Peter, Nancy and Herbert Schiffer 1978 page 122 for a similar example