Rattan Basket, (Liberia?), mid-19th cent.


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This record was last updated on 28 Feb 2011

Image Reference
UVA16

Source
Drawings of Western Africa (University of Virginia Library, Special Collections, MSS 14357, no. 22).

Comments
Ink wash. Large basket used for carrying produce, fish, wood, clay, etc. Strong baskets from the rattan palm were common among indigenous Liberian peoples, as among others in the forest areas of West and Central Africa. This is one of 22 works displayed on this website of West African coastal scenes -- out of a total of 32 -- held by University of Virginia Library. None of the works is dated or signed, and they seem to have been done by at least two different persons (perhaps associated with missionary activities in West Africa and/or the American Colonization Society). See also other image references “UVA” on this website.