- Museum number
Basket made of coiled rush (?), leaf (?).
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1851)
Height: 47.50 centimetres
Width: 37 centimetres
Depth: 18.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Christy collection registration slip description, written in 1889?:
Two Baskets of plaited rush (or leaf strips) the larger (A) with two holes near the edge on one side, for a loop, the smaller (B) with twisted fibre handle.
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 G A 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 25.
Three old handwritten labels attached to basket:
1."JB Davis Coll" - on reverse "drawn by Mr Roth"
2. "4675. Tasmania. JB Davis. AWF Nov 4 1889." - on reverse in pencil "Roth pl I"
3. "Tasmanian. GAR" [probably in Davis' handwriting], - on reverse "(ident. as Grampians Victoria, 1936 NBT.)"
This object had previously been thought to have come from Tasmania, however on further inspection it is clear that it coiled and not twined, therefore it is not from Tasmaina. It is probable that this is one of a number of baskets which Barnard Davis acquired from Rose Robinson, the widow of George Augustus Robinson. Robinson collected widely in both Tasmania and Victoria, so this basket is likely to have come from Victoria.
- Not on display
- 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: Oc1889C2.4675a (old CDMS no.)