Basketry

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Plant fiber basket
MFA# 1990.299

Description

Plant parts, such as wood strips, bark, roots, twigs, stems, vines and leaves, have been used to make baskets since at least 8000 BCE (Mowat 1996). Types of materials used in baskets include osier (Willow), split ash, hazel shoots, Straw, Flax, Sedge, ferns, Grass, reeds, rushes, Bamboo, Yucca, cane, [raffia|raffia]], and palm leaves.

Covered basket
MFA# 1973.731

Synonyms and Related Terms

basketwork

Resources and Citations

  • L.Mowat, "Basketwork", The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996.
  • A.Lucas, J.R.Harris, Ancient Egyptian Materials and Industries, Edward Arnold Publishers Ltd., London, 4th edition, 1962
  • Tom Rowland, Noel Riley, A-Z Guide to Cleaning, Conserving and Repairing Antiques, Constable and Co., Ltd., London, 1981

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