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Two Basketry Containers

Shoowa, DRC

Two Basketry Containers. Shoowa Culture, DRC

The coiled foundations of these two basketry containers have been embellished with dyed raffia fibre in the style of cut-pile embroidered Shoowa status cloths. The larger lidded container exhibits a flat, circular form with an attached plaited raffia handle. The lid of this larger-sized container is decorated with a freelance geometric configuration, which continues to the underside of the basket. The smaller container, decorated with diamond-shaped patterns, comprises a coarsely-woven, coiled lid and, like the larger container, features knotted stitches coloured with natural pigments. These stitches impart a raised, nubby texture to the surface of the containers, creating a pointilist effect

Estimated Period: First Quarter of 20th Century

Ex Private Collection, Belgium

Larger Container - Diameter: 20cm, H: 6cm

Smaller Container - Diameter: 10cm, H: 11cm

Larger Container: £420

Smaller Container: £380

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420 and 380
H: 6 CM, H: 11 CM
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