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mat / basket

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc,+.4671

  • Description

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

  • 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:

    'Tasmania
    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

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  • Bibliography

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

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1889

  • Acquisition notes

    Presented to the British Museum by A.W. Franks Esq. on 4 November 1889.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc,+.4671

  • 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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