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Mbunda Baskets - Barotse Plane

 

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This basket is a small personal container called katumbwa used to store magic hunting potions in the Barotse Plane. During the 1990's, hunters described that it was widely believed the potions contained therein rendered them invisible to wild game. 

 

 

 

Above - Basket 706 /  + - 37 Centimetres Wide / + - 17 Centimetres High

 

 

The mukenge baskets above and below were made in Western Zambia by the Mbunda - Luvale and Luchazi people living in and around the Barotse Plane. They are made from the root of the mukenge tree. The root is dug up, carved to a desired sized, then soaked for weeks to make it pliable. Building a basket from what is essentially hard wood adds to the longevity of these objects.

 

 

 

Above - Basket 707 / + -  42 Centimetres Wide / + - 16 Centimetres High

 

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Uninformed or unscrupulous dealers commercialize these baskets with glorified labels such as 'wedding basket', which they are not. Lozi or Barotse often state that they are Lozi baskets- but they are not.

 

 

 

Above - Basket 708 / + -  35 Centimetres Wide / + - 16 Centimetres High

 

 

The skill and design of mukenge baskets has its origin in the mentioned tribal groups living in present day Angola and Congo DRC. Baskets of the Bakongo living in Congo DRC and Angola overlap with these, though another hard fibre is used.

 

 

               

 

                                    Basket 709                                                                      Basket 710

 

Basket 709 is + -  24 centimetres wide and 14 centimetres tall. This style with a pedestal was used as a food presentation bowl and called chihele. The basket to the right, number 710, is + -  25 centimetres wide and  14 centimetres tall.

 

 

      

 

                     Basket 711                                                                                       Basket 712

 

Basket 711 is stunning in the hand and has been highlighted with red paint. Paint is a hard to find luxury in the region and sometimes found on prestige items. The owner seemingly ran out of the substance, as only two of the three woven razed 'V' decorations and its base were painted, the later meant to add protection from deterioration. It was used to catch cassava flour falling from a musalo sifting basket, then store it. It is large at + - 29 centimetres wide and + - 18 centimetres tall. Basket 712 is heavily used and smaller at + - 24 centimetres wide and + - 15 centimetres tall. It was also used as a cassava flower basket.

 

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This field image of basket 712 was taken during 2012 at Ninda Angola. Ninda is currently the last village you are able to drive to on the five hundred (plus) kilometer road traveling south of Luena - Moxico, a distance after Lumbala N'Guimbo. The last three hundred kilometres of the road remains heavily land mined and those removing them advise you not to proceed. The palace of Mbunda paramount chief Mwene Mbandu III is located at Lumbala N’guimbo.

 

 

 

 

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Chokwe Basket - Pende Basket

 

 

 

This African basket was collected in the Congo - DRC. Both the Pende and Chokwe used related prestige food storage and presentation bowls or baskets. (the Chokwe only where they neighboured the Pende in  North Angola and Congo DRC) These baskets served as lidded containers, but when opened provided two bowls. The construction ensured that when used as bowls, each was uplifted. This was accomplished by fibre weaving (main base) and by attaching bark wood (top cover or bowl), thus added a longer and more stable life to the basket.

 

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The basket below was collected between 1910 and 1913 from the Pende / Bampende in Congo DRC.

 

 

 

American Museum of Natural History - New York

 

 

 

 

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Beaded Basket

 

Mozambique ? - not Tutsi

 

 

 

 

This is a small basket, even for Tutsi. We have asked contacts who agree, the fibre construction is not Tutsi and as you can see, neither is the makers beaded combination of colours or design.

 

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The object was rediscovered in the UK with a number of beaded gourds. The association with the gourds suggests the basket is South East African, as the gourds were from Malawi, Mozambique or Tanzania.

 

 

 

 

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Zulu Basket - Zulu Basketry

 

Zulu Basket by May Zulu

 

 

 

 

Zulu baskets were once an integral part of Zulu tradition and custom. They nearly died out with the introduction of enamel, tin and plastic vessels. Decorative beer baskets were made for special events and purposes such as marriages, harvest, fertility, birth and as gifts to family or special friends. They were bound and stitched so tightly by hand from grass and Ilala palm leafs (Hyphaene Coriacea), that they could hold fluids. The natural colour of the palm is beige. Colours came from natural dyes such as bark, berries, leaves, clay, roots, dung and combinations.

 

 

 

Very large Zulu Basket by May Zulu

 

 

May Zulu is a master weaver from Kwa Zulu Natal. She is well known for tight woven, over sized beautiful baskets. Baskets can take up to two months to make. This basket measures + - 60 centimetres wide and is + - 65 centimetres tall.

 

Basket Names:

 

Ukhamba: A rigid bulb-shaped container rendered watertight by the tightness of the coil-weave, and the material used (Ilala Palm). Generally used to serve sorghum beer on ceremonial occasions.

Isichumo: A rigid, bottle-shaped basket used for carrying liquids, it has a lid, which fits over the neck like a cap. The same technique is used for the Ukhamba and works on the same principles.

Isiquabetho: A large open shaped basket, traditionally used for gathering and carrying grain.

 

Iqoma: A  bowl-like basket with deeper and inward curving sides, also used for carrying grain. Many have a concave base, which comfortably sits upon the head.
 

 

 

Master Weaver Beauty Ngxongo circa 1993 - Zulu Treasures pg 137

 

 

 

Zulu Basket by May Zulu

 

 

 

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