- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le rat silok
- 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
- Plant fibre, coconut
- H: 340 mm W: 650 mm L: D: 110 mm Circum:
Woven coconut leaf basket with a narrow plaited base and split stem edges. Registration number 20654 marked with tag and pen.
Le rat are personal baskets made by men and women to carry items such as betel but, betel nut containers, cigarettes or for larger items, such as taro or fish, to carry to market or to other villages. The baskets are made from coconut fronds, the stem is split and the leaves are weaved together, the size and shape of the basket determines how big the size of the frond and whether the leaves should be split [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.
This le rat was made by a man named John from Kanaba [ref. catalogue card].