Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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basket with lid
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • basket with lid, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 28 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 11 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0935.a,b

This basket (2007.0935.a) and lid (2007.0935.b) are made of woven plant fibers. The body has a handle of bamboo strips that has been broken off, but is still threaded through two loops. There are two bands and the lower one has a zig zag pattern and the upper one has two thin, dark bands, that form a bowl with a ring of dark wood that acts as a foot. The bowl-like lid is woven in a different pattern with a bamboo wrapped rim and sits into the body of the basket with a ring of dark wood on top of it, that allows the lid to sit as a bowl.