Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

Welcome to the Spencer Collection

basket for cassava flour
  • unknown Chokwe maker
  • basket for cassava flour, late 1800s–1914
  • Where object was made: Angola
  • plant fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 21 x 22 x 40 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 8 1/4 x 8 5/8 x 15 3/4 in
  • Gift of Claude D. Brown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0930

The oblong coiled basket is made of plant fiber and originally had a handle on each of the long sides. The handles are purple, as is the rim of the basket, below which is a row of alternating purple and natural colored squares and below that a row of triangles and a row of purple along the center bottom. It was used to carry cassava (AKA manioc) flour.