About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre in yellow and pale gold colours, with purple running threads. There is a wide fringe around three sides on the back and front, and two twisted fibre handles in purple and undyed fibre.

This bag was made by finger-weaving or twining and the main technique is single-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This began at the top edge with a selvedge, and finished at the bottom where the warp threads (whenu) were left loose, and are covered by the fringes. There are five or six warps per cm, and the wefts are 14 mm apart. The fringe warps are joined by a line of single-pair twining and sewn onto the bottom and side edges. There is one fringe on the back of the bag and one on the front.

There are purple running threads on some wefts. Every seventh or eighth warp loop around each other in pairs to form a cross-diagonal pattern in two blocks of three rows. This pattern is repeated on the back of the bag.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1929 before
  • Materials
    Fibre Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Dye; Technique: Twined, dyed
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    30.0 x 0.6 x 25.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 30 January and 1 February 1929, Lot 392 (Mr Gardner).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wilfrid Sir Peek (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1929-02-01
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1929-02-01
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1929-02-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Wilfrid Sir Peek

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1929-02-01
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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