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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

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

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 1929 (before)
  • 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.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


Basket made of pandanus leaf.

Basket made of pandanus leaf.

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