Record metadata:

Type Cultural Object (2014 Definition)
TitleIIc 6567
KeywordsHexagonally shaped woven fibre lidded basket
DescriptionPeople use lidded baskets such as this one for storing rice to take to the family when someone has died or for storing small household or personal items. The decorative pattern is 'manu pombu", T, pigeons, on the lid. The basket wall is decorated with human figure and deer.
Creator of ObjectPresumed Makasae people
Date CreatedPre August 1935
Place CreatedPresumed Baguia Sub-district, Baucau District, Timor-Leste
Object TypeBasket
Dimensions14 cm diameter 8.5 cm high
Use status in 2014Used occasionally
MaterialAkadiru, M, T (Borassus flabellifer) fronds and synthetic dyes
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 titleDeckelkorb, G [covered basket] bua, M
NotesViewed and identified at community viewings at Alawa Kraik 5/8/14 and Larisula 16/8/14. Also identified by Sra Ana Maria Pinto, Nelu Dae, Alawa Kraik on 6/8/14 and Sra Joanna Fernandes, Bahatata, on 10/8/2014. The identification of the basket with string rice may have been a misinterpretation from the digital image, however, small amounts of rice may have been stored and carried in such a basket. Although people still make such baskets informants in Baguia 20014 commented that people do make such decorative baskets now. The quality of the basket depends on the ability of the maker, whether or not they can execute detailed patterns.
Production status in 2014Made occasionally
Timorese Language Term/sMalu bu'a, bu'a mata, M Mama fatin, T

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