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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Basket made of vegetable fibre. Skip-stitched and coiled basket.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1851)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 28 centimetres
    • Height: 25 centimetres
    • Depth: 13 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    1980 Q register:
    Information in observations column:
    [Davis Colln.]

    the square brackets indicate that it was the opinion of the registrar in 1980 (Eleanor Harfield) that it was from JB Davis' collection, possibly based on stylistic similarity to other baskets acquired from him.In south-east Australia, women traditionally made bundle coiled baskets, in which bundles of fibre were wrapped and stitched together in an ascending coil. Traditional designs on most kinds of object were based on line, on geometric patterns or free-form flowing curves. The stitches themselves form the patterns of lines.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    If this basket had earlier been in JB Davis’ collection, then it would have come into the British Museum amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of JB Davis' estate in early 1883. Lot 7 of the Sotheby's sale of 19 January 1883 lists: '30 Hand Bags made of bark strips & canes woven together made by the Aborigines of Tasmania'. This lot was purchased by Franks for 4 shillings (see annotated copy of catalogue in British Library).

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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