- Museum number
Basket of coiled rush (?), leaf (?) with string handle attached.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1849)
Height: 33 centimetres
Width: 25.50 centimetres
Depth: 6 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The Christy Collection registration slip description, probably written in 1889, reads:
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 GA Robinson's ethnographic collections, Sculthorpe 1990 identified this basket as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
- 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.
This is one of a series of objects (Oc,+4651 to Oc,+.4675) which A W 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: Oc1889C2.4675b (old CDMS no.)