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Conical basket woven from pandanus with a string handle. Bands of yellow and yellow/brown colour have been created using natural dyes and ochres and are interspersed with the natural fibres.
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Height: 74.50 centimetres
Width: 20.50 centimetres
Depth: 12 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Information supplied by Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre and copyright of the artist, not to be used without permission of the artist and clan:
'The conical basket is a sacred form which has ceremonial metaphoric meaning. It is also the age old form which Yolngu have always used as a receptacle for important possessions and gathered food. These baskets can be so closely woven that they can even contain liquids if sealed with beeswax. In ceremony...they can be adorned with feathers and take on a sacred character'.
Bidingal uses the leaves of the spiky pandanus to create her baskets. These are difficult to harvest and require stripping and drying before they can be used. Only the central leaves are used. This means that the plant is not damaged by the removal of the leaves. Women weave these baskets, usually in groups.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Acquired by curator Gaye Sculthorpe while conducting fieldwork in Australia in 2016.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 3792-16 (Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre)