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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: 5.5 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Charles and Sandra Bussing
  • Not on display
  • 2013.0034

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 overall pattern is of a twelve petaled flower. Six of the petals are a very dark purple that start at the center and then closer to the edge there is an inset diamond shape of a light brownish green color. The other six petals are blue green with a thick dark purple border. In between the petals at the outer edge are light yellow-green triangles. The outermost coil is dark purple.