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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Basket, (jawun), bicornual, of cane. Handle attached at top.

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 19thC (before 1872)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 45 centimetres
    • Height: 40 centimetres
    • Diameter: 37 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Rigid open baskets from the Queensland rainforest region are traditionally made by men. Their design and decoration varies according to how they were to be used. Men made smaller painted baskets to hold their belongings and ceremonial objects. Unpainted baskets were used to hold food, and men sometimes used them to carry babies.Registration slip: 'Basket for collecting Moreton Bay chestnuts. Rockingham Bay Queensland'.


  • Bibliography

    • National Museum of Australia 2015 p.115 bibliographic details
    • Bolton 2011 p.38 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories
    2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • Oc1872C2.1185 (old CDMS no.)
Basket made of rattan.

Basket made of rattan.

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