South Africa, Africa
7 2/16, Diam. 7 14/16 (18.1, Diam. 20 cm)
24.94 oz. (706.9 g)
Bequest of David P. Harris ('46), 2020
Purchased by David P. Harris (‘46) from The Chair House in San Francisco.
This round palm basket with a lid was handwoven by a member of the Zulu people. Baskets historically served as utilitarian containers in Zulu life that were decorated with simple designs or devoid of ornament. They are traditionally used for storage of food and beer.
For a comparable, see the Lidded basket found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000.441a, b