This basket was made for a child, presumably for a young boy, as it is an imitation of a senior man's ceremonial basket. The anthropologist Donald Thomson recorded the name for this basket as bathi wakalpuy, which literally means a 'play basket'.

Physical Description

A twined conical basket made of pandanus with an open weave. A horizontal row of feathers is embedded just below the rim, and strips of coloured cotton cloth are attached to the body of the basket. A multistrand handle of vegetable fibre string is stitched to the back near the rim.

Local Name

Bathi wakkal'poi

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