About this object

A flat rectangular bag (kete muka) made from New Zealand flax fibre with a wide fringe around the top edge and white, black and brown feathers covering the lower part. There are two twisted fibre handles.

The bag was made from a folded rectangle sewn along the bottom and one side. The main technique is double-pair twining, which forms the wefts (aho). This began at the top edge with a selvedge, and the ends of the loose warps (whenu) folded over to form the fringe. These are fixed by a row of twining with two warps together. There are six warps per cm and the wefts are 40 mm apart. The feathers are inserted into the wefts vertically, with shafts straight (not bent over).

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Object; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Oceania: Polynesia: New Zealand
  • Date made
    1934 before
  • Materials
    Yarn Flax (NZ) (Phormium sp); Feather; Technique: Twined
  • 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
    21.0 x 2.0 x 21.0 cm
  • Note
    Acquired by the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum at Glendining's Auction Rooms, 27 August 1934, Lot 29 (Mr Comins).
  • Related people
    Glendining and Co Ltd (Previous owner); Wellcome Historical Medical Museum (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: 1934-08-27
    How acquired: Gift
    Owned until: 1951
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Glendining and Co Ltd

    Owned from: 1934-08-27
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1934-08-27
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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