Hip basket

Description
This is a hip basket worn for ceremonial occasions. The basket is made of woven cane and decorated with lengths of black and dyed red goat’s hair. There are also two lengths of hair(?) the ends of which are sealed to be used for attachment to the carrier. The basket is worn by men and is used for carrying either darts or ‘panjis’, which are sharpened bamboo spikes stuck in the ground to impede the enemy (Jacobs 1998:238). The basket was collected by William Ninnis Porter and dates to the late 1800s. Although the exact provenance is unknown, one of the original museum labels suggests that the object originates from the Chin tribes, in Upper Burma.
Accession Loan No.
43/1907
Collection Class
Containers
Common Name
hip basket
Simple Name
basket
Full Name
hip basket
Dimensions
whole height 185 mm; whole W 125 mm
Cultural Group
Chin
Production County
Chin State
Production Country
Myanmar
Production Area Region
SE
Production Continent
Asia
Family Group

Material
cane; human hair; goat’s hair; grass
Function Detail
basket for darts
Collection Area Region
SE
Collection Continent
Asia

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