Marcuson & HallBack to Home page

Wine Bottle with Basketry Skin

Country Of Origin

DRC or Angola

Date

2nd half 19th century

Size

31 cms (12ΒΌ ins)

Materials

Rattan and fiber , glass bottle

Technique

Basketry twill plaiting

Condition

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.

References

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

Price

Price on request

Reference No

234

Browse navigation

Africa

Other Basketry

Showing item 8 of 8