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93/332/1 Basket, eel trap, sedge rushes [Lepidosperma canescens], made by Yvonne Koolmatrie, Murray River, South Australia, Australia, 1993. Click to enlarge.

Eel trap by Yvonne Koolmatrie

Designed
In recent years, a number of Aboriginal people have been reviving traditional 'craft' practices and sometimes adapting them for sale. Since 1982, Yvonne Koolmatrie (born 1944) has been involved in reviving the basket making traditions of her Ngarrindjeri people on the lower Murray River region in South Australia.

Koolmatrie's elongated cylindrical eel, fish and yabbie traps of sedge rushes (Lepidosperma canescens), acquired by the Powerhouse Museum through the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists …

Summary

Object No.

93/332/1

Object Statement

Basket, eel trap, sedge rushes [Lepidosperma canescens], made by Yvonne Koolmatrie, Murray River, South Australia, Australia, 1993

Physical Description

Conical trap, constructed from dried rushes using a coiled basketry weave. Widens to large, splayed opening at one end, small circular opening at opposite end.

Dimensions

Depth

980 mm

Production

Notes

RUBY AWARDS WINNERS 2015
South Australian Premier's Award for Lifetime Achievement: Yvonne Koolmatrie

History

Notes

Exhibited 3-26 June 1993 at the Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington in 'Yanada New Moon', an exhibition co-ordinated by the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative. Previously exhibited March-April 1993 at the Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide in 'Murrundi: Three Murray River Stories'.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1993

Acquisition Date

14 September 1993

Cite this Object

Harvard

Eel trap by Yvonne Koolmatrie 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2021, <https://ma.as/134233>

Wikipedia

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