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Updated: 27 April 2015
Basket, flat base, made of coiled pandanus leaf with one handle.
- Found/Acquired: Melville Island
- (Oceania,Australia,Northern Territory (Australia),Tiwi Islands,Melville Island (Australia))
- Height: 13 centimetres
- Diameter: 11 centimetres (of base)
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.
2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
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Object reference number: EOC17061
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