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Height: 15.000 cm (Q79.Am11)
Diameter: 11.000 cm (Q79.Am11)
Height: 15.000 cm (Q79.Am11)
Diameter: 11.000 cm (Q79.Am11)
Height: 15.000 cm (Q79.Am11)
Diameter: 11.000 cm (Q79.Am11)

Q79.Am11: Possibly a gift of Captain P.P. King
Others: Gift of E.A. Holmested

AOA Ethno Q79.Am11;AOA Ethno Holm 17;AOA Ethno Holm 16

Africa, Oceania, Americas

    Woven baskets

    Selk'nam (Ona) / Yámana (Yaghan), 19th century AD
    From Tierra del Fuego

    Mápi grass baskets

    These small baskets are made from mápi grass (Juncus magellanicus). Plaited grass and sinew have been used for the handles. They would probably have been used for carrying or storing food items such as berries, eggs or shellfish. The baskets have been woven by hand, producing a characteristic tight weave. These examples could be those which were acquired about 1827 by Captain Philip Parker King, naval officer on HMS Beagle, a ship better known for one of its later passengers, Charles Darwin.

    Woven baskets were a common item in Fuegian households and were used by all the different ethnic groups on the islands. A European drawing, made during an expedition to the area in the seventeenth century, depicts similar baskets being held by members of a Fuegian hunting party.

    C. McEwan, L.A. Borrero and A Prieto (eds), Patagonia: natural history, pr (London, The British Museum Press, 1997)

    S.K. Lothrop, 'The Indians of Tierra del Fuego' in Contributions from the Museum, Vol. X (New York, Heye Foundation, 1928)

    P. Dransart, 'Fuegia basket or the life of a basketmaker in Tierra del Fuego' in Basketmakers: meaning and form, Monograph 5 (Oxford, Pitt Rivers Museum, 1992)

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