Baskets (2), palm/ bamboo/ wood, Lombok, Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia, c 1950.
The two baskets are tall and elliptical, beautifully and evenly plaited in a herringbone pattern using thin strips of palm, and lashed decoratively to their wooden bases at the corners. One basket has a finely plaited reinforcing band around top, and a handle formed by threading two lengths of bamboo through holes in the wooden base, through stay loops near the rim, and binding them together at the top for holding.
The second basket is reinforced around the rim and a little below the rim with two bamboo bands which are lashed to the body of the basket. The original bamboo handle is missing and has been replace with strong dark natural fibre string.