Coil woven basket with cylindrical base and arched handle. Diamond pattern in natural dyed fibres
INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander basket
HANDCRAFTS Basketwork basket
PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Basket
Dia 150 x H310 mm
Malaita.\ Not new, \ Women's.\ Gift \ 1970s
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 'buka' style basket is typical of those produced in Western Solomon Islands and Bougainville.