E0008: Hawaii, Woven Basket with Shell


Classification Category:
7:Distribution & Transportation Artifacts ➞ Container
Paper label, "Hawaii".
botanical ➔ fiber
13 cm L
8.5 cm W
5.5 cm H
Provenance of Object:
This object was held in the museum that Luther College started in 1877. This museum eventually grew into the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and following this, non-Norwegian American ethnographic objects were returned to Luther and accessioned into the college’s Anthropology Collection. Without additional documentation, was likely obtained by the Luther College Museum (later the Norwegian-American Museum) between the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Production Date:
Late 1800 because of the style of the basket and Deterioration of the fabric.
Vintage Souvenir - possibly a sewing kit
Source Locality:
Small oblong woven basket, reddish brown made in Hawaii. The basket is probably made sometime between 1870 and 1890 because of the style of the basket and the deterioration of the fabric. The fabric inside the basket was originally pink but has changed to a dirty white and yellow color. The basket has clam shells attached to it but string. It is hypothesized that the basket is a vintage souvenir that could have been used as a sewing kit.
Related Collections
Accession: 1996.ETHN62, 1/1/96
Donated by: Unknown