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A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia


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Collection No. TB-2536
Size 41cm x 31cm
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia
A Rare Antique Basketry Backpack from the Brao Ethnic Group Northest Cambodia

This superb and rare antique basket comes from the North-East of Cambodia (Ratanakiri district), made by the Brao ethnic group The Brao are part of the ethnolinguistic group of Southern Bahnarics (south of the Indochinese Central highlands).  The skill of the artist who made this basket would have spent a lifetime perfecting their techniques. Basketry in Cambodia is carried out mainly by women, many of whom cultivate and harvest the reeds by themselves.

Basketry is an often unappreciated art form. A lifetime of practice and skill is needed to get not only the perfect tapering shape but also the mathematics in adding the designs elements.  This fine basket is also strong and made for daily use.

When I am looking at this basket I see a very clever & talented person who can take fibre from plants and then create into an object of great beauty & strength.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Asian Arts & Oceanic Arts