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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc1929,0112.7

  • Description

    Basket, flat base, made of coiled pandanus leaf with one handle.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1929
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 13 centimetres
    • Diameter: 11 centimetres (of base)
  • Curator's comments

    In 1922 the missionary Gretta Matthews introduced the technique known as coiling to the women of Goulburn Island, Arnhem Land. She probably originally learned it from Indigenous women in southern Australia. From this beginning, coiling spread rapidly across the north, as women taught the technique to their relatives in nearby communities. Coiling now co-exists with the traditional technique of twining.

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  • Exhibition history

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1929

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc1929,0112.7

Basket made of pandanus leaf.

Basket made of pandanus leaf.

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