About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete) made from flat leaf strips, probably New Zealand Flax or kiekie (Freycinetia banksii).

The bag is plaited diagonally and has a plaited fibre handle. There is a line of loose cut ends along the bottom edge, possibly joining the front and back.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
    Maori
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1858 before
  • Materials
    Leaf (New Zealand Flax (Phormium sp)); Fibre; Technique: Plaited
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
    29.5 x 0.7 x 23.3 cm
  • Note
    Comments: This type of bag usually only found with archaeological material in caves, the bottom edge looks like a mat join technique (Mick Pendergrast, March 1994). May be New Zealand flax or kiekie as the leaves/ fibres of both turn white when boiled. The handle is unusual, also the seam along the bottom (Maureen Lander, 7 June 2006).

    Acquired by Norwich Castle Museum from Captain MW Kett in 1858.
  • Related people
    M W Capt Kett (Previous owner); Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

    Owned from: 1858
    How acquired: Purchase
    Owned until: 1956
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • M W Capt Kett

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1858
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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