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This very finely and tightly woven vase-like basket is attached to a lightly rimmed saucer and has a tightly fitting lid.
It is made of woven plant strips, some strips of which have been dyed to given the item geometric patterning.
It is from West Java Eastern Indonesia, and most probably was used to hold betel buts and leaves – a minor social narcotic.
The basket here has obvious age. It was acquired in the UK and most probably has been in the UK since colonial times. It is in excellent condition
Longenecker, M. (ed.), Elemental Art of the Indonesian Archipelago: Selections from the Collection of Mingei International Museum, Mingei International, 2005.