A Rubu, a Flat Basketry Bag

Nairai Island, Fiji

18 x 40 cms

DESCRIPTION

Graphic flat baskets, such as this one, were woven by women from pandanus fibre. The interior is composed of wide strips of plain pandanus fibre while the outer layer is woven from three shades of fibre arranged in decorative horizontal bands. The top has a largely intact black fringe and there are fibre cords, possibly hibiscus, used to close it.

For a related example in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge see:  https://collections.maa.cam.ac.uk/objects/514526

Inv: 8199

CONDITION

very good

Provenance

Collected by William Henry, 2nd Baron Leigh (1824-1905) or his son Francis Dudley, 3rd Baron Leigh (1885-1938) Ex-Stoneleigh Abbey Museum, Coventry (UK)

DATE

19th century

Dimensions

18 x 40 cms

PRICE

3750

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