- Museum number
Basket made of vegetable fibre.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1849)
Height: 29.50 centimetres
Width: 40.40 centimetres
Depth: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The Christy collection registration slip description for Oc,+.4673, probably written in 1889 reads:
Four Baskets of plaited yellow fibre of the same make, but differing in detail.
"Tasmanian G.A. Robinson."'
In her analysis of GA Robinson's ethnographic collections, Gaye Sculthorpe identified this basket as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
See Gaye Sculthorpe, 1990 'The ethnographic collections of George Augustus Robinson', Memoirs of the Museum of Victoria (Anthropology & History), Volume 1, number 1, p.37, plate 22.
Three old handwritten labels are attached to basket. They read:
"JB Davis Coll."
"JB Davis Coll." [same as label #1].
"Tasmania. AWF Nov 4 1889. JB Davis. +4673" [faded]
In south-east Australia, women traditionally made bundle coiled baskets, in which bundles of fibre were wrapped and stitched together in an ascending coil. Traditional designs on most kinds of object were based on line, on geometric patterns or free-form flowing curves. The stitches themselves form the patterns of lines.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 26 May-11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Probably acquired by GA Robinson during his time as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip Protectorate (Victoria), 1839-1849.
Presented to the British Museum by A.W. Franks Esq. on 4 November 1889.
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.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1889C2.4673a (old CDMS no.)