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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

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

  • Ethnic name

  • 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

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    19 March 2011

    Reason for treatment

    Temporary Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, secure loose elements, reshape as necessary


    Slightly dusty. Some small areas of breaks.

    Treatment details

    Loose dirt was removed from the surface using a soft brush and a low-powered vacuum cleaner fitted with a flexible rubber hose. some interstices were cleaned using Groomstick modified natural rubber as a flexible a point on a cocktail stick.

    Repaired breaks by backing with Japanese kozo (mulberry fibre) paper, using approx 5% Klucel G hydroxypropylcellulose in acetone as the adhesive. The paper had been previously painted to a matching colour with acrylic paints. Paper was used either as pulped 'balls' to infill, or as a small flat or twisted connective element. Some breaks could be re-joined by butt-joining with HMG (cellulose nitrate adhesive) applied to the break alone; this gave sufficient strength.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number



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