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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Basket made of leaf (?), grass (?), withes. Circular in shape, twith wo flattish sides joined at the top to form mouth.

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1851)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 55 centimetres
    • Height: 55 centimetres
    • Depth: 2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Bolton 2011 p.50 and 52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    This is one of a series of objects (Oc,+4651 to Oc,+.4675) which AW Franks presented to the Museum on 4 November 1889. They included material from Australia and the Pacific, and all had come from J Barnard Davis's collection. It is most likely that they are some of the objects Franks acquired at the sale of Davis' estate in early 1883.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1889C2.4671 (old CDMS no.)
Basket or mat made of leaf (?), grass (?), withes.

Basket or mat made of leaf (?), grass (?), withes.

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