University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: 2003-32-112
Current Location: Collections storage
Provenience: New Caledonia (uncertain)
Materials:Palm Leaf Sheath
Rattan Peel
Height: 18.6cm
Length: 36.6cm
Width: 37cm
Credit Line:Gift of the Philadelphia Commercial Museum (also known as the Philadelphia Civic Center Museum), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2003
Other Number1995.X.16595 - Other Number


Flat pouch of palm frond sheath lashed with rattan peel to to two bamboo sticks across top. Although this has an historic tag attibuting it to Tahiti, it is exactly like 1994.X.11383 and .11384, both of which are labelled New Caledonia. Wendy Arbeit, author of Baskets in Polynesia, says she has never seen baskets of palm leaf sheath in Polynesia and suspects that this is a Melanesian style (email 4/17/07).

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