In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this basket, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.
Jackson fieldnotes: Small basket / purse made of a reed like material in horizontal stripes lashed in place with a hitching technique of fine two ply plant fibre cord. Wanb = basket; a!mayno / a.nago = literal meaning unknown. A basket for carrying valuables and small objects. This kind is worn only be males, around the shoulder (and not around the neck). All baskets made only by women.
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