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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0342   CAS 1984-0008-0342; Bag
Category Basketry
Object Name Bag
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
State/Prov./Dist. Malampa
Other Geographic Data Island: Malakula
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1926
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Pandanus fiber
Description Carrying bag woven in 2/2 plaited technique; Basket begins as rectangular mat and corners are then gathered together and woven up the sides; Ends of warps and wefts are left extending at side seams as fringe; Changes in plaiting sequences yield geometric patterns over surface of bag; At rim, some fibers are folded over and continue in opposite direction while others are woven back into rim to form zigzag edge; 3 strand braided carrying strap is attached at each end of purse.
Dimensions (cm) Height = ca. 23.0, Width = ca. 20.0, Length = ca. 29.0