Basket

Production date
Pre 2002
Country
Solomon Islands
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Description
Coil woven plant fibre basket with lid and solid arch handle. Round body with no decoration
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander basket
CH classification HANDCRAFTS Basketwork basket
CH classification PACKAGES AND CONTAINERS Basket
CH classification COSTUME ACCESSORIES Female bag
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Measurements
L240mm x W220mm x H340mm
Media/Materials description
Plant fibre
Signature/Marks
basket \ from West (because \ lid). \ Gizo area. Gift-2002. \ Handbag- \ women's \ for special daily things. \ NOT garden
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.
Registration number
E40685

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