A very fine and exceptionally rare early Northwest Coast Nuu-chah-nulth lidded basketry hand made and woven purse circa 1920. Most likely made for a special granddaughter or wedding gift for a child. Made by a very skilled weaver the balance of form, evenness of the weave and balance and execution of design make this a very special basket indeed. Very finely woven ( approx 20 stitches per/inch) from split cedar bark and natural dyed bear grasses to produce the stunning intricate designs that encircle the periphery The designs features bands of twisted rope patterns, Thunder birds standing on arrows and wave patterns .Complete with zipper, inside pocket, interior lines and carrying handles. This prized treasure appears to never have been used and is in amazing pristine condition. Worthy of any museum or collection.