container (containers)

A model carrying basket. A circular wooden base on a stand made of coils of bark strapped on with cane strips which pass through holes in the bark. The main body of the basket is made from a sheet of bark rolled into a tube, with the outer frame of split and plaited cane, dyed black and red. The top section has a split cane hoop bound at intervals, with a further bark section above, ending with a double hoop bound around the top. The section of body facing the wearer's back has a panel of wood strapped on, from behind which a plaited carrying strap possibly made of palm emerges, attached to each side. A second loop attached to the base is caught in by a strip of cane above the back panel. Both loops are probably used for supporting the basket on the forehead.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk