Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20657
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le ngalo 
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 (Cocos nucifera)
Dimensions
H: 430 mm W: 280 mm L: D: 153 mm Circum:

Description

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.

Research notes

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.

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