- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le ngargee
- Associated cultural group
- Mandak language
- Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Panatgin Village
- Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1976
- Acquisition method
- Commissioned by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer
- Raw material
- coconut; bark fibre
- H: 650 mm W: 360 mm L: D: 280 mm Circum:
Woven coconut leaf basket, stems positioned vertically on opposite sides, bark handle and reinforcement around basket. Registration number 20642 marked with tag and pen.
Le ngargee are common baskets used by women in their food activities. Each of the women have a number of baskets in different sizes depending on their purpose: large ones are used for collecting dry coconuts, small ones are used for garden work and to carry vegetables to feasts and very small baskets are hung in the house with vegetables stored inside. The baskets are made from coconut fronds, the stem is split and the leaves are weaved together, the size of the basket determines how many leaves are used. The handle is placed across the forehead and the basket sits in the small of the back freeing the hands to carry other things [ref. Dr Elizabeth Brouwer, Material culture of New Ireland: A fieldwork report, Museum Catalogue No. 10, 1977].
Ms Elizabeth Brouwer purchased a number of items for the museum while carrying out research for her Ph.D. thesis among the Mandak people in Central New Ireland.