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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2008,2003.6

  • Description

    Basket of dyed and undyed pandanus fibre. Alternating twined bands of brown, yellow and black, green, undyed and black fibre stitching on frame of vertical fibres with circular base. Black band at lip, edge stitched with undyed fibres which extend into two carrying straps on one side.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 2007
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27.5 centimetres
    • Width: 22.8 centimetres (at lip)
    • Depth: 13.5 centimetres (appx)
  • Curator's comments

    In the twentieth century, Pacific Islander missionaries arriving in Australia encouraged the use of natural dyes in basket-making. In northern Australia, people applied these dyes to twined baskets and also to coiled baskets, a technique newly introduced from southern Australia. Both techniques are widely used today.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.32 and 33 bibliographic details
    • Josh Lilley Fine Art 2007 p.76 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: 'Rarrk-London' exhibition
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased from the exhibition 'Rarrk-London', held at the Bargehouse Gallery, Southbank, London SE1 9PH, September 21st - October 7th 2007. The exhibition was jointly organised by Josh Lilley Fine Art and Maningrida Arts and Culture, a community arts centre for the Maningrida region. Over 100 contemporary art works from Arnhem Land were shown.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    2008,2003.6

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