- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- le wotep nanan
- 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: 360 mm W: 370 mm L: D: 440 mm Circum:
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.
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.