Record metadata:

Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6485
KeywordsWoven fibre lozenge shape lidded basket
DescriptionKadi bua is used to store objects, most commonly betelnut which is later placed in a malu bu'a (see IIc 6481) to serve guests and at cultural events such as ‘dada ai uma lulik nian’ and ‘feto saun ho mane’. 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 horse or buffalo on the lid and a geometric pattern on the side walls of the basket. 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 repeated stitching of purple and green around the rim on the lid is known as waleri technique. This basket is also known as retiki, M, in Uatolari, Viqueque district.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypeBasket
Dimensions17 cm length 8 cm high
Use status in 2014Used occasionally
MaterialPalm leaves, akadiru, T, (Borassus flabellifer L.) 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 carved
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 titleBehältnis, G [container] Bua bua, boa boa, M Description: tobacco container; woven from palm leaf strips. Pattern (geometric ) red, green, blue, purple. Diamond shaped. Push-on lid . Also used for sirih-pinang.
NotesPeople only occasionally make baskets in Baguia now. In 2014 informants commented that people do make this style of basket but on occasionally now.
Production status in 2014Not made
Timorese Language Term/sKadi bu'a, M Mama fatin, sakuna, T

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