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Basket kato

Basket kato

Place: Tonga
Category: Baskets & fans

pandanus leaves, coconut fibre, Tonga, l. 18 cm, w. 16 cm, h. 14 cm, Inv. Oz 401

Humphrey No. 124: ‘a square basket of ditto [matting], from the same [Friendly] Isles’.*

The basket is made from pandanus and has an almost square form. It is made of yellowish and brown strips with a torn handle of plaited coconut fibre. The individual strips are wider on the bottom, the inside, and the rim. The darker ones, running vertically, are split. Inken Köhler, Ulrike Rehr, Gundolf Krüger