Basket (Balagave)

Production date
1989
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Woven diagonal single element plain weave basket with a rigid braided handle.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander basket
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Measurements
Length:270mm
Width:195mm
Height:290mm
Weight:55g
Media/Materials description
Coconut leaf and midrib of leaf.
History and use
On Pentecost, Vanuatu, balagave baskets are used by unmarried men and women during village ceremonies, to collect food prepared by the host village. In preparation for the ceremonial feast, many of these baskets are woven by the host village to be used by visiting villagers, and discarded after use.

This item is part of Alice Hunai’s collection of Vanuatu material culture, created in the 1980s.
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QE25604

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