- Museum number
Basket of rush made using a coiling technique. Skip-stitch. Fibre cord attached on one side.
- Production date
- 19thC (c.1839-1851)
Height: 30.20 centimetres
Width: 44.80 centimetres
Depth: 17 centimetres
- Curator's comments
In her analysis of GA Robinson's ethnographic collections, Sculthorpe 1990 identified this basket as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
H Ling Roth in 2nd edition of 'The Aborigines of Tasmania' in 1899 refers to basket illustrations in first edition and states that although Joseph Milligan had obtained these from G A Robinson, it is extremely doubtful whether these baskets are Tasmanian and the two are of a form very common in Australia. 'I am the more inclined to believe that the Tasmanians only made one class of basket'.
Two old handwritten labels are attached to this basket:
"JB Davis Coll" - on the reverse in pencil is written "drawn by Mr Roth", and in pen "AF 18 Nov 1892. +6223"
"Tasmanian. GAR" [probably in Davis' handwriting].
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 G A Robinson during his time as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip Protectorate (Victoria), 1839-1849. Likely amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of estate of J B Davis by Sothebys early 1883.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1892C2.6223 (old CDMS no.)