Chilean Baskets

Sometime around 1910 my grandfather took a job in Chile as foreman or manager of a large wood mill. As a result of this there are a number of Chilean artefacts in the family some of which are in my care.

The featured micromuseum exhibit is one such. It’s a useless ornament, possibly a child’s toy, but tells a story of many of hours of skilled labour for probably very little reward. One wonders of the life of the person (or persons?) who made it. And was there a market for such objects outside the European emigrés?

Within the main basket are 11 nested baskets. This is the smallest one…

…and here is one of the larger ones from the bottom…

…that’s all

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