- Museum number
Basket, coiled, of vegetable fibre, with a piece of wood tied to the vegetable fibre string handle.
- Production date
- 1839-1849 (circa)
Height: 31.90 centimetres
Width: 39 centimetres
Depth: 19 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."'
Many of the baskets in the Robinson collection were originally labelled as Tasmanian as it was assumed all his collection was from there.
In her analysis of GA Robinson's ethnographic collections, Sculthorpe 1990 identified this basket as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
Three old handwritten labels attached to basket:
1. "JB Davis Coll."
2. "Tasmanian, GAR" [probably in Davis' handwriting].
3. "Tasmania. AWF Nov 4 1889. JB Davis. +4673"
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Probably acquired by G A Robinson during his time as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip (Victoria), 1839-1849.
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: Oc1889C2.4673b (old CDMS no.)