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Wine Bottle with Basketry Skin

Country Of Origin

DRC or Angola


2nd half 19th century


31 cms (12ΒΌ ins)


Rattan and fiber , glass bottle


Basketry twill plaiting


Good condition

This prestige item is composed of a 2nd half of the 19th century glass bordeaux shaped bottle covered with intricately woven basketry. The European glass bottle would have been a rare and special piece at the time as evidenced by the care lavished on its basketry shell. While the The patterning is typical of Congo textiles a group of baskets and basketry covered items of this type are in several German and other museum collections and were collected in Angola. It is an old technique with a 17th century example in the Ulmer Museum in Germany. It is extremely difficult to attribute this piece to a particular tribal group with any certainty.


  • Sieber, Roy. African Furniture and Household Objects. Indiana University Press. Indiana. 1980. pp.210, 237


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