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Lidded Basket

Date:
early to mid-20th century
Geography:
Rwanda
Culture:
Tutsi peoples
Medium:
Cane
Dimensions:
H. 2 15/16 x Diam. 2 1/2 in. (7.4 x 6.4 cm)
Classification:
Basketry-Containers
Credit Line:
The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Carlebach, 1958
Accession Number:
1978.412.326a, b
Not on view
The distinctive lidded receptacles produced by highly skilled aristocratic Tutsi women rank among the most refined forms of basketry. Great skill was directed toward weaving such miniature marvels in which fine coil sewing and exacting spiral patterns required exacting calculations and stitching. The natural pale gold of these delicate grass structures was enhanced with restrained graphic patterns in a black dye derived from boiling banana flowers.
Mr. and Mrs. Julius Carlebach, New York, untl 1958; The Museum of Primitive Art, New York, 1958–1978

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