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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0343   CAS 1984-0008-0343; 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 Square carrying bag woven in 1/1 plaited technique; Basket begins as square mat and corners are then gathered together and woven up the sides; Ends of warps and wefts along upper seam are left extending on exterior as fringe; Fiber ends from lower seam are braided together on interior and emerge at rim as heavy 3-strand braided carrying strap; At rim, some fibers are folded over and are woven back into bag; 3 strand braided carrying strap is attached at each end of purse.
Dimensions (cm) Height = ca. 17.0, Width = ca. 25.0, Length = ca. 22.5