Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20644
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le ngargee 
Maker
 
Associated cultural group
Mandak language 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > New Ireland Province > Namatanai District > Panatgin Village
Map
Collector
Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1976 
Acquisition method
Commissioned by Dr Elizabeth Brouwer 
Raw material
Plant fibre, coconut; bark fibre
Dimensions
H: 730 mm W: 410 mm L: D: 190 mm Circum:

Description

Woven coconut leaf basket, stems positioned vertically on opposite sides, bark handle and reinforcement around basket. Registration number 20644 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

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.

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