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Updated: 14 April 2015
Large twined basket [s-stich] of vegetable fibre with wined fibre handle.
- Made in: Tasmania
- Found/Acquired: Tasmania
- Height: 17 centimetres
- Width: 16.2 centimetres (at lip)
- Depth: 12.2 centimetres (at lip)
Found un-numbered in the Ethnographic Department's collections in 1981. It was identified as being from the J.Barnard Davis collection, and earlier from G.A.Robinson's collection. AW Franks presented material from Davis' collection to the British Museum at various times during the 1880s and 1890s. He had acquired it from the sale of Davis' estate in January 1883.
See Gaye Sculthorpe, 1990 'The ethnographic collections of George Augustus Robinson', Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria (Anthropology & History), Volume 1, number 1, p.29, plate 7Sculthorpe (1990) described an old label attached to the basket which read: "Tasmania. G.A.R." and."JB Davis Coll".
2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
2015-2016 Canberra, National Museum of Australia REQUESTED
10 May 1994
Reason for treatment
Clean. Repair broken handle.
Surface very dusty with black 'museum' dust. Handle broken at one end.
Cleaned with Groomstick (modified natural rubber) gently rolled over the contaminated surface. Repaired handle by backing with twists of Japanese paper, coated with 1:3 arrowroot starch/3% Blanose 7MC (sodium carboxymethyl cellulose) positioned around the damaged area. Gentle finger pressure then applied to effect adhesion. Japanese kozo paper had been coloured to match by painting with Rowney's Cryla colours (acrylic). At the request of the Museum of Victoria, Australia, and with the approval of the Director of the British Museum, a small sample of plant material was taken from the inside of the basket. It was approx 15mm in length, and 8cm from the centre of the base. I was satisfied that no damage would accrue to the structure of the basket.
- Collected by: George Augustus Robinson (Probably acquired by GA Robinson in Tasmania, during the period 1829-1839.)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Barnard Davis (This was probably one of the baskets included in the series of drawings, prints, paintings and eth)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks (It is likely that this basket was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of JB Davis' es)
- Previous owner/ex-collection: Rose Robinson
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Object reference number: EOC29927
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