Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20656
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le ngalo sep sepmat 
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: 470 mm W: 310 mm L: D: 180 mm Circum:

Description

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.

Research notes

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.

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