Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20654
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le rat silok 
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
Dimensions
H: 340 mm W: 650 mm L: D: 110 mm Circum:

Description

Woven coconut leaf basket with a narrow plaited base and split stem edges. Registration number 20654 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

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].

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