Dating from the first half of the 20th century, a truly delightful Injera* basket from Ethiopia. The round basket is intricately and tightly woven with a raised boss at its centre whilst the underside is covered in a layer of hide now, through use, patinated to a rich red/brown colour. The piece is fitted with a loop for carrying or hanging. Such baskets were often given as a gift to a bride on her marriage and were a highly prized possession, being used in the daily ritual of sharing food as well as for storage. A lovely item, full of character remaining in very good condition.
* Injera is a yeast-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture. It is torn up and used with the right hand to scoop up stews and sometimes salads, so is simultaneously food, a utensil and plate as. Traditionally made out of teffflour,it is a national dish in Ethiopia.