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Botswana Basket African Art 11 Inch Collection

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Title Botswana Basket African Art 11 Inch Collection
Type of Object Basket
Country of Origin Botswana
Materials Fibers
Approximate Age 20th century
Height (in) 4
Width (in) 11
Dimensions Height: 4 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Height: 4 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Height: 4 Inches
Width: 11 Inches
Overall Condition Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.


From the collection of Jerry Kasparek, Santa Barbara. Jerry has been collecting for most of his 84 years. He started collecting when he was in the Navy, after college. An architect with an eye for beauty and design, he collected primarily African and Native American items. We are proud to offer a part of his collection.

Additional Information: This basket from Botswana is very similar to these from the Zulu of South Africa. As for the Zulu, the tradition of making basket is known in Botswana for a very long time and is still alive today and even more diversified in term of style, size, and decoration. The creativity of people from Botswana has reached its apex with these timeless baskets today overlooked as pieces worth collecting. Making baskets is an activity exclusively reserved to women, particularly the women from Bayei and Hambukushu ethnic groups. Theses stunning basket are made from palm tree fibers. This palm tree, called Mokola is found along the Okavango area. The technique and process of fabrication are very complex. It can take up to a month to produce a medium sized basket. Every basket is made by hand, using indigenous raw materials mainly fibers from the Mokola palm. Reeds or straws are used to ensure the strength of the basket. Then, the basket would hold its shape and it would be hard to be compressed.