- Museum number
Basket, (jawun), bicornual, made of cane.
- Production date
- 19thC-20thC(early) (before about 1905)
Diameter: 24 centimetres
Height: 31 centimetres (excluding handle)
Width: 33 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Rigid open baskets from the Queensland rainforest region are traditionally made by men. Their design and decoration varies according to how they were to be used. Men made smaller painted baskets to hold their belongings and ceremonial objects. Unpainted baskets were used to hold food, and men sometimes used them to carry babies.
This object was one of a larger collection which the donor, Miss F M Walker, described as having been collected by her brother in north Queensland some ‘thirty years ago’. Without any direct information from Miss Walker’s brother, the registrar in 1933 recorded his opinion that the collection came from ‘?Malgrave, Cairns District’. It appears Malgrave was a misspelling of the locality Mulgrave, near Cairns.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2011 26 May–11 Sep, London, BM, G91, Baskets and Belonging: Indigenous Australian Histories
2012 18 April-17 July, Abu Dhabi, ZNM, Treasures of the World's Cultures
2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
2015-2016 27 Nov-28 Mar, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, Encounters
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Register information: 'Collected by donor's brother 30 years ago.'
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number