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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1939,08.37

  • Description

    Register 1939
    Basket made of vegetable fibre. Closely twined with complex painted decoration in white, red and dark green ochre, covering two thirds of basket leaving one section plain.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47.3 centimetres
    • Width: 21 centimetres
    • Diameter: 8.6 centimetres (base)
  • Curator's comments

    Register 1939
    Collected by H P Rogers, ornithologist, before 1914, in Australia.

    Port Essington.Image of basket published in Cranstone, B.A.L. (1973), 'The Australian Aborigines', p.20 fig. 9Baskets were, and still are, made in this region by both men and women. They are often painted, and ancestral knowledge is passed on through the designs and through the significance of the colours used.

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  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.18 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
    2015 23 Apr-02 Aug, London, BM, Indigenous Australia REQUESTED
            2015-2016 Canberra, National Museum of Australia REQUESTED

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1939

  • Acquisition notes

    Register reads, for collection Oc1939,08: Collected by H P Rogers, ornithologist, before 1914, in Australia. However inspection of the original correspondence from Mathews reveals that this should be J P Rogers, who was Mathews' ornithological collector in Northern Australia. Thought to be collected in 1911-1912.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1939,08.37

Register 1939
Plaited bag made of vegetable fibre. Closely plaited with complex painted decoration in white, red and dark green, covering two thirds of basket leaving one section plain.

Register 1939 Plaited bag made of vegetable fibre. Closely plaited with complex painted decoration in white, red and dark green, covering two thirds of basket leaving one section plain.

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