Image: Basket, Tonga E12823

Basket, Tonga E12823

Local name: kato alu

Provenance: Tonga, Polynesia, Pacific

This basket, made by Tongan women for weddings and funeral ceremonies, is used to carry cosmetics, fine scented oils and accessories. It can be used as a cosmetic bag for the bride or gifted to families of the deceased. The basket was donated in 1904 by the widow of Rev W J Davis, a Wesleyan missionary in Tonga for many years.

Description: Large round, dark brown, basket with wide, circular hole at top; closely woven vine and coconut fibre; exterior surface decorated with four similar radiating designs of braided coconut fibre.

Height: 24cm

Emma Furno
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