This smaller "Extraordinary Berry" basket is 2.5" high, 2.25" widest diameter with a 1.75" opening diameter and a .75" bottom diameter. It is covered in curlicue curls, both the lid and the basket. It has six unique cut green "hull leaves " on the lid and a very long braided sweetgrass "stem"... this stem is 8" long and ends in an opening 1.5" long at the top made by folding a braid over (at the top), leaving 1.5" then weaving those 2 braids together until attaching the thicker braid to the lid's top. Unlike other berry baskets by Geo Neptune, Passamaquoddy - The Extraordinary Berry is not a representation of an actual berry - but something quite magical... The soft pink, orange and light green are a wonderful color combination not found on a real berry of any sort.
Geo uses varying dye baths to achieve his unique "berry" baskets. The effect is marvelous! Geo has won many ribbons at Santa Fe and Heard Indian markets. Geo's work was included in the biennial exhibit of the PMA (Portland Museum of Art) in 2016 along with 3 other Maine Indian basketmakers. Including work typically considered "craft" was a first for the PMA and appropriately elevated the basket maker's work to works of art.
This basket is signed and dated on the outer side of the top rim of the basket. Geo has placed a thin, braid of tightly braided sweetgrass at the top of the basket bottom's rim - this is a feature on some of his baskets, as well as some of his grandmother, Dr. Molly Neptune Parker's work. Molly taught Geo to make baskets and has received many of the highest awards for her work as a Passamaquoddy basketmaker including a National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship and an honorary doctorate degree from Bowdoin College for her commitment to this traditional art form and her commitment to her community (See Molly Neptune Parker's biography in the "Bio" section of this website)
Last photo shows Geo's Heard Museum prize winning basket & ribbons (2 for other works)