Basket

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
20897
Item name
Basket 
Category
Container
 
Indigenous name
le wotep nanan 
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: 360 mm W: 370 mm L: D: 440 mm Circum:

Description

Woven coconut leaf basket, split stem forms two opposite edges, each with a twined handle and two strips of fibre as reinforcement around the bottom. Registration number 20897 marked with tag and pen.

Research notes

Le wotep nanan are baskets made by women for food preparation and eating. The baskets are made from coconut fronds, the stem is split and the leaves are weaved together, the size of the basket determines how many leaves are used [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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