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Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6488
KeywordsRectangular woven fibre lidded basket
DescriptionThis kadi bu'a was used to store possessions. This basket was considered lulik (sacred) as it would have been used inside the ume lulik (sacred house) to store the betelnut (bua malus, M) so that "...the spirit of the ancestors can enter it [the ceremonial house]'. The betelnut was divided between the family members so that they can all partake in the same betelnut which is considered to metaphorically strengthen the clan. This type of basket would not have been used to serve guests.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypeBasket
Dimensions17.5 cm long 9.5 cm wide 10.5 cm high
Use status in 2014Used occasionally
MaterialPalm fibres, akadiru, T, (Borassus flabellifer, L.) rottan and synthetic dyes (oro, M, tinta, T).
TechniqueHand woven
Institution/Holder: objectMuseum der Kulturen Basel
CollectorDr Alfred B├╝hler
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, G [basket] Malu bua, M Description: sirih-pinang basket for women. Double walls. Outer finely woven, patterned purple and green. Rectangle with slip lid and use.
NotesPeople only occasionally make baskets in Baguia now.
Production status in 2014Not made using this fine technique
Timorese Language Term/sKe waka, M Kohe fatin, T

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