Lot: 37686th Tribal Art Auction
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|collected in situ (1940)
American Private Collection
|H: 12.8 inch||
plus 23 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
diverse plant fibres, dyed in parts, good state of preservation;
traditionally these baskets are designed to have well-rounded bottoms and a curved wall which widens gently toward the sturdy rim. A conical cover crowns the object, and colourful patterns are woven into the sides. Their most distinctive feature is the elongated cylinder attached as a base, but since the basket is carried on the head, this impractical device is merely a status symbol. The more the owner is sure of her balancing act, the taller the cylinder becomes.