This Apache Grain Storage Basket stands 20 inches tall. After an olla was filled to the brim with wild grass seeds such as chia or amaranth, or domesticated plant products, like corn or beans, a basketry lid or cover was put on top to protect the food inside. Some experts believe that the use of human and animal figures on baskets began around 1875. This basket was made around the turn of the century.
Illustrated in Spirits in the Art, by James A. Hanson, pg-206.