- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le ngalo sep sepmat
- 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: 470 mm W: 310 mm L: D: 180 mm Circum:
Woven coconut leaf basket with rigid handle, frond stem forming one side and plaited leaves forming opposite side. Registration number 20656 marked with tag and pen.
Le ngalo sep sepmat are baskets used by men when fishing out on the reef or on the rocks. They are similar to the le ngalo but specifically used for this purpose (sepmat is the Mandak word for fish). Le ngalo are woven from one unsplit coconut frond, the four last leaves on the stem are attached to the opposite side as the handle. These baskets were easily made and particularly handy to carry home left over food from feasts [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.