This ceremonial basket is known as bathi minydjalpi, a form that is usually painted with madayin minytji, sacred clan patterns, or decorated with feathered string appendages or strips of cotton cloth, like the one here. men in ceremonies, but later repurposed in this way, and consequently belong to senior ceremonial leaders only.

Physical Description

A twined conical basket made of pandanus with a close weave. It has a multistrand handle of vegetable fibre string attached at the back of the rim. A row of feathers and then lengths of wool are evenly stitched horizontally around the body of the basket at equal intervals. Coloured cotton strips are attached to the body of the basket.

Local Name

bathi minydjalpi

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