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small basket
  • Swazi peoples
  • small basket, circa 1990s
  • Where object was made: Swaziland
  • sisal fiber, plant fiber, coiling, dyeing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 6 x 18 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/8 x 7 1/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0033

Small coiled basket with a small flat base and straight sides that flare up and out. The basket is made from dyed sisal fibers wrapped around an unknown plant fiber bundle. The field is orange. At the center of the base there is a four petaled flower shape in pink. Attached to the tips of the pink petals are purple diamond shapes and at each side point of the diamond there is a pink diamond with a light, natural colored sisal trapezoid at the point, which extends to the rim of the basket. In between the trapezoids are very small triangles in pink. In between the pink petals at the center there are diamond shapes that are purple at the center and natural-colored sisal outside of the purple. At the tip of each diamond there is a purple diamond shape that extends to the rim, and on either side of that diamond there are very small pink triangles. The outermost coil of the basket is wrapped in pink fibers.