A very fine early Salish Thompson River fully imbricated lidded storage basket circa 1880. The basket is finely woven from split cedar bark and root with the striking imbricated design from natural and dyed black bear grass and red cherry root. The design features a very rare pictorial depictions of owls forms on all sides in stacked pairs ,and a banded pattern on the lid. The basket has that beautiful aged melted butter type of patina that one loves to see in early basketry. Doe skin ties remain. Overall condition is very good with expected slight imbrication wear as expected with great age and use. This type of basket would have been made for indigenous use and not for sale.