Square basket/bag with flat lid and plaited handle. Plaited pandanus leaf with geometric design woven in purple and yellow fibres
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander basket
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Basket
CH classification DOMESTIC EQUIPMENT Containers basket
L. 312mm, W. 188mm, H. 185mm
02.04.2013: \ Basket. GIFT \ Tourist trade. Polynesian islands made. \ Not used
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.
This style of bag is made primarily for the tourist trade in Solomon Islands. The item was presented to the donor as a gift.