- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Asia > Thailand > Chiang Mai Province
- Mrs Joy Martin
- Acquisition date
- September 04, 1979
- Acquisition method
- Purchased from Mrs Joy Martin
- Raw material
- Plant fibre
- H: 550 mm W: 175 mm L: D: 242 mm Circum:
Large woven plant fibre basket, rigid, flat rectangular base, basket bulges slightly at the middle and tapers up to an oval opening, deep lid fits over opening, two cord handles hang below opening on long edges, separate strap of cord and plaited fibre attached by a loop near base, five strips of fibre reinforce sides, body and neck decorated with horizontal bands, black resin covers surface. Registration number 23970 marked with tag.
Transcript from 1979 audiotape by Mrs Martin: This is an exceptional honey basket. I say exceptional insomuch this is not made these days and this is a perfect sample. It is not eaten in any way by rats. Often these baskets are eaten around the edges by rats but this is exceptional. Again the outside has had resin applied from the Japanese tree which makes this waterproof.
Items 23908 to 24133 and 24322 to 24331 were the private collection of Mrs Martin who went to the Province with the American Baptist Mission to set up an international marketing organisation for the tribal arts, mainly textile. Almost all items were exhibited in Museum Display No. 15, 1980. Other Thai Hill tribes items purchased from Mrs Martin can be found at 24425 to 24438.