- Museum number
Basket of vegetable fibre with multiple strand string handle attached. Two holes constructed at top of basket for handle to be attached to.
- Production date
- 19thC (before 1849)
Height: 57 centimetres
Width: 40.80 centimetres
Depth: 2.80 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Found unnumbered in the Department's collections in 1981. It is from the J.B[arnard] Davis collection, and possibly previously G.A. Robinson; and was probably acquired by the British Museum in the 1880s.
In her analysis of GA Robinson's ethnographic collections, Sculthorpe 1990 identified this basket as being from south-east Australia, rather than Tasmania.
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
- 1880s (?)
- Acquisition notes
- Probably acquired by GA Robinson during his time as Chief Protector of Aborigines in Port Phillip Protectorate (Victoria), 1839-1849. It is likely that this basket was amongst the material Franks acquired at the sale of JB Davis' estate in early 1883.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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