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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 2007-0003-0005   CAS 2007-0003-0005; Basket
Category Basketry
Object Name Basket
Culture Polynesian: Samoan
Global Region Oceania
Country Samoa
Other Geographic Data Tutuila Island; Village: Pago Pago
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1970s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Warp: undyed coconut front ribs; Weft: undyed and split pandanus leaves; Secondary (decorative) warp: dyed (?) pandanus (?) leaves
Description Oval basket with flat bottom and slightly flared sides with an inward curving rim; woven entirely in a open weave using an open coiling technique that creates false knots in the spaces between successive coils; A single vertical loop handle is attached to the rim along the sides of the basket; Basket is devoid of all decoration except for band around mid-section, where warp rods are overlaid on exterior only with a dyed (?) black material and the wefts are woven into a diamond shape; Handle is completely coil-wrapped with undyed pandanus fibers, and three strips of dyed (?) black material are interwoven to produce row of terraced black triangles on upper (outer) surface of handle.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 8.2, Width = 12.7, Length = 25.0