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mat / basket
Basket or mat made of leaf (?), grass (?), withes. Coiled, flat, circular basket.
- Found/Acquired: Murray River (Lower Murray River, South Australia. (Provenance attribution on basis of basket style).)
- (Oceania,Australia,Murray River)
- Diameter: 55 centimetres
- Height: 55 centimetres
- Depth: 2 centimetres
The Christy Collection registration slip, written in 1889?, reads:
Flat circular basket of spiral plaiting with withes and strips of leaf or grass: projecting mouth at one side.
(No history - but it was in company with Tasmanian baskets).'Originally attributed to Tasmania. However, this style of basket is not made in Tasmania, but is made along the Lower Murray River, South Australia and in western Victoria (compare a similar basket in the collection of the Koorie Heritage Trust, Victoria, registered as AH0896).The form of this type of basket gave rise to the flat baskets now known as ‘sister baskets’, such as 2011,2013.1 and 2011,2013.2
2011 26 May – 11 Sep, London, BM, "Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories"
Presented to the British Museum by A.W. Franks Esq. on 4 November 1889.
Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Oc1889C2.4671 (old CDMS no.)
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Object reference number: EOC6974
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