Summary

Coiled into a bucket shape, this basket has been made with chopping colour and cross-coloured patterns in dyed pandanus. The handle is a variation of a berlkudjiwong, in this case, the handle is one spliced loop over two coils extended from the top of the basket. In Gunbalanya bucket baskets are made to relfect the shape of an introduced metal or plastic pail or bucket, the handle on this basket is also an influence from missionary times.

Physical Description

Bucket basket, coiled, with horizontal bands and cross-coloured pattern in dyed pandanus (purple, orange and white). The coiled swivel handle is attached in the middle of the basket on opposite sides. .

Local Name

badjkid

Significance

Stephanie Nadjamerrek makes consistently small, tightly coiled baskets. Her trademark style of work often employs chopping colour with alternating two stiches of different colours. Her work is represented at the National Gallery of Australia.

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