- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le ngalo
- 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 (Cocos nucifera)
- H: 430 mm W: 280 mm L: D: 153 mm Circum:
Woven coconut leaf basket with rigid handle, frond stem forming one side and plaited leaves forming opposite side. Registration number 20657 marked with tag and pen.
Le ngalo are small baskets made and used by men and women to carry food, such as portions of pig, fruit and vegetables. The baskets 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.