A Haya Basket
30 x 15 cms
This old rare basket likely originates from the Haya people residing in the Northwest corner of Tanzania bordering the shores of Lake Victoria – where it has shared borders with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Haya basketry is amongst the finest in all Africa. Witness the rare minute flat lidded baskets reputedly used in which to keep treasured coffee beans.There is actually an exceptionally minute Haya basket in the Pitt River’s Museum which still contains a few coffee beans
There are several other tribes living in this region and they all made fine basketry. In many ways this region is the golden triangle of African basketry.
In reviewing the old collections formed by the BritishMuseum and the Berlin Ethnographic Museum one finds related examples attributed to various tribes such as the Kiga, Zinza, Haya and Wasinja - and of course the Tutsi. An unusual technical feature of this basket is the supplemental fibre binding encircling the top and the base.
For a related example of the same form in the BritishMuseum acquired in 1914 see: https://www.britishmuseum.org/collection/object/E_Af1950-42-13