Australian Aboriginal Basket

Illustration

Jade Koekoe
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published on 09 January 2017

Pandanus fibre basket. Collected 1911-1912 CE. Port Essing, Arnhem Land, Australia.

Baskets like this conical shaped one have been identified in Arnhem Land rock art dating back more than 20,000 years. Baskets were made to carry a variety of items from sacred objects to supporting daily life activities such as collecting food or water. This particular basket has human motifs painted on the bottom that indicate it was possibly used for carrying human remains. These types of baskets are still made by the Arnhem people today.

This image was taken at the National Museum of Australia in the British Museums travelling exhibition A History of the World in 100 (and 1) Objects.



About the Author

Jade Koekoe
Jade is a Librarian with an avid interest in Roman and Greek architecture and ancient Middle-Eastern cultures.

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