Basket (Kato mosi kaka) Tonga

Basket (Kato mosi kaka)
Basket (Kato mosi kaka)

Custodian: University of Glasgow Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery

Reference: GLAHM E.355

The basket is flat and rectangular with rounded corners and handle. It has two layers for greater strength which were made separately: the outer layer is made of woven brown coir; the inner lining from broad strips of pandanus leaves woven in a criss-cross pattern. The pattern of black areas on the exterior was painted after completion and was then edged with rows of small white dentalia shells. The rim of the bag is formed of cane strips bound in plaited coir cord, in alternate bands of black and brown.

The basket has been identified as an object from Captain James Cook's third voyage (1776–9). and may be object no. 8 in Captain John Laskey's 1813 account of The Hunterian Museum.

Maker: not known

Materials: coconut leaves; coconut fibres; sea shell

Dimensions: 520 x 300mm