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Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6484
KeywordsWoven fibre circular basket basket with an inset woven tray
DescriptionMalu bu'a is used to place and serve betelnut to guests and at cultural events such as ‘dada ai uma lulik nian’ and ‘fetosan umane’. The lid is called 'malu bu'a gi no', M. The base is called 'malu bu’a gi mita', M. This basket features a repeated pattern of a human figure and deer, (ano no bibi rusa, M). The coloured fibres were added and woven on top of the basic basket structure. The technique of adding coloured fibres with create a pattern is called 'bore', M. Ete sina and teri sina are terms that refer to vertical and horizontal weave fronds. The spine of the alasa frond was used to make the edge / rim of the malu bu’a and the lid so as to add structural strength. This basket is also known as retiki, M, in Uatulari, Viqueque district.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedBaguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypeBasket
Dimensions14 cm diameter 10 cm high
Use status in 2014Used occasionally
MaterialPalm fibres, akidiru, T, (Borassus flabellier, L.) with synthetic dyes (obo, M, tinta, T). The spine of the alasa frond was used to make the edge / rim of the malu bu’a and the lid so as to add structural strength.
TechniqueHand woven
Institution/Holder: objectMuseum der Kulturen Basel
CollectorDr Alfred Bühler
Date CollectedAugust 1935
Place CollectedBaguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
File CopyrightMuseum der Kulturen Basel. Photograph taken by Joanna Barrkman, 2014
MKB/Buehler object titleKorb: Kleiner Sirih-Pinangkorb mit schalenförmigem Einsatzdeckel mit Tier Basket: Little sirih-pinang basket with shell- use cover with animal. Description: sirih-pinang basket for women. Cylindrical, with 6- square bottom and shell- shaped insert lid. Sides and top of the lid green and purple patterned (animal / human subject). Description: sirih-pinang basket for women. Cylindrical, with 6- square bottom and shell- shaped insert lid. Sides and top of the lid green and purple patterned ( animal / human subject).
NotesPeople only occasionally make baskets in Baguia now.
Production status in 2014Made occasionally
Timorese Language Term/sMalu bu'a, M Mama fatin, T

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